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

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: Gua Die Mian Mian
Chinese: 瓜瓞绵绵
Name Of Image: May the male line in your family clan continue and flourish (pictorial allusion)

The phrase ‘gua die mian mian 瓜瓞绵绵’ is a variation of a line from the poem Mian 绵 collected in the section of the Greater Odes of the Kingdom (Daya 大雅) in the Classic of Poetry (Shijing 诗经). It is …

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

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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