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Chinese Pinyin: Gong Ji
Chinese: 公鸡
Name Of Image: Rooster
Description:

One of the most commonly used motifs that depicts household fowls. It has also been frequently used in pun rebuses for the meaning of ‘good fortune’ or ‘good wishes’, as its Chinese pronunciation is ji 鸡, the same as ji …

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Chinese Pinyin: Mu Dan Hua
Chinese: 牡丹花
Name Of Image: Peony
Description:

The peony flower, known in Chinese as ‘mudan hua 牡丹花’, has a nickname of ‘fu gui hua 富贵花’, literally meaning the flower of wealth and prestige.   Related motif: Two-horned peony blossom 双犄牡丹 Related Pun Pictures: May your wealth and privilege …

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Chinese Pinyin: Du Shu Da Fu Gui
Chinese: 读书大富贵
Name Of Image: You may become super rich by receiving good education
Description:

Book is a symbol of education or examinations. Peony is a symbol of wealth and prestige. The motif combination of book and peony sends a message to the receiver ‘You may become super rich by receiving good education!’   Related …

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Chinese Pinyin: Ba Ji Xiang
Chinese: 八吉祥
Name Of Image: Eight auspicious emblems
Description:

Also called ‘ba bao’ (八宝), ‘ba rui xiang’ (八瑞相), or ‘ji xiang ba bao’(吉祥八宝). There are eight emblems in traditional Tibetan Buddhism symbolising happiness and spiritual well-being: Dharma wheel, conch shell, parasol, lotus, treasure vase, golden fish, victory banner, and endless knot.

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Chinese Pinyin: Bian Fu
Chinese: 蝙蝠
Name Of Image: Bat
Description:

Bat in Chinese is called bian fu (蝙蝠). The bat and its various stylised forms are often used in Chinese art for auspicious purposes, as 蝠 (‘fu’) puns on 福 (‘fu’, meaning luck, or good fortune). Related Pun Pictures: Gourd …

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Chinese Pinyin: Gui Hua
Chinese: 桂花
Name Of Image: Osmanthus
Description:

Osmanthus blossoms in autumn and is conventionally regarded as the flower of the eighth month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Its sweet scent is discreet, distinctive and unforgettable, and has a legendary position in Chinese poetry and art. It is …

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Chinese Pinyin: Ju Hua
Chinese: 菊花
Name Of Image: Chrysanthemum
Description:

Chrysanthemum in traditional Chinese culture has a symbolic meaning for long life. When it is presented with stone which then has an auspicious name of ‘long-life stone (寿石)’, the whole picture symbolises good wishes for longevity in life. When the …

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhe Gui
Chinese: 折桂
Name Of Image: Plucking a branch of osmanthus blossom
Description:

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the night of full moon in the eighth lunar month. Chang E (嫦娥), the Moon Goddess, is worshiped on this occasion. Chang E’s husband was the legendary archer, Yi (or Hou Yi, 后羿), and …

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Chinese Pinyin: Li Zhi
Chinese: 荔枝
Name Of Image: Lychee
Description:

Also named leechee, lichee, lichi, or litchi (nut). Lychee is a tall tropical evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) native to southeastern China. It was recorded in the Xijing zaji (西京杂記, Miscellaneous records of the Western Capital), a collection …

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Chinese Pinyin: Pu Tao
Chinese: 葡萄
Name Of Image: Grape
Description:

Grapes grow in clusters of up to 300 berries each and thus produce an enormous number of seeds. This property was regarded by the ancient Chinese as an apt allusion to their wish for a large number of offspring. That …

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