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Motifs & Symbols

Alternatively, browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin 汉语拼音

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: Lian Hua
Chinese: 莲花
Name Of Image: Lotus (Lian Hua)
Description:

Lian Hua (lotus) is also called ‘he hua (荷花)’. It is different from ‘shui lian (睡莲, water lily)’ which is another kind of water plant. The first character of lotus in Chinese, ‘lian (莲)’, has been used to pun for …

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Chinese Pinyin: Long
Chinese:
Name Of Image: Dragon
Description:

Dragon is an imaginary creature from ancient China which was believed to be agile, powerful and authoritative, and thus is a symbol of imperial status in Chinese culture.   Related motif: Phoenix

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Chinese Pinyin: Lu
Chinese: 鹿
Name Of Image: Deer
Description:

The earliest pictograph of the character 鹿 lu for ‘deer’ is found on a tortoise plastron burnt to crack for divination. Though it is by no means anatomically accurate, the pictograph exhibits the most clearly recognisable characteristics of the animal. …

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