All Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix


Click and enlarge the image above

© owns the copyright of the description content for the images attached. Quoting all or part of the description content on this page is permitted ONLY IF ‘’ is clearly acknowledged anywhere your quote is produced unless stated otherwise. (本页描述内容版权归Tutuhaoyi.com所有,转发或引用需注明 “”, 侵权必究, 已注开源信息的条目除外。)

Phoenix has been deemed as a holy, noble and beautiful bird in the Chinese folk myths and was regarded as the king of all birds.

In Volume 915 of the comprehensive reference book ‘Readings of the Taiping Era’ (太平御览 Tai Ping Yu Lan) which was edited by Li Fang (李昉, 925–996) and other scholars in Northern Song dynasty, there was a quoted mythical story about the phoenix. It said that in a town called Hai Zhou, phoenix was miraculously spotted at the top of a castle. Hundreds of birds flew towards the phoenix and then followed it in the northeast direction towards the Cangwu Mountain.

Initially, the saying of ‘Hundreds of birds paying respect toward the phoenix’ was a metaphor to imply peace under a wise ruler who was highly respected and worshiped. This saying was later used to refer people who is of noble character and high prestige.


Fig 1-2: famille verte porcelain dish, Kangxi period (1662–1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Shanghai Museum, China

The display of your comment to the public is subject to the admin's approval.

Required fields are marked *

By clicking "Post Comment" below, you agree to the Tutuhaoyi Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.