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Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Guan Shang Jia Guan
Chinese: 官上加官
Name Of Image: May you have repeated promotions
Description:

‘Guan 冠’ in the Chinese name ‘ji guan hua 鸡冠花’ for ‘cockscomb’ is a pun on ‘guan 官’, which means ‘high-ranking official’. The crest on the head of a rooster is also called ‘guan 冠’ in Chinese. Thus, the appearance […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Jia Guan
Chinese: 加官
Name Of Image: May you get promoted
Description:

The saying ‘jia guan 加官’ is an abbreviated form of the saying ‘guan shang jia guan 官上加官’: ‘Guan 冠’ in the Chinese name ‘ji guan hua 鸡冠花’ for ‘cockscomb’ is a pun on ‘guan 官’, which means ‘high-ranking official’. The […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Yu Man Tang
Chinese: 金玉满堂
Name Of Image: May your household be piled high with gold and jade
Description:

The accumulation of family wealth in traditional China was lauded as jin yu man tang 金玉满堂 – a household is piled high with gold and jade. This saying was visually expressed with a design of goldfish in a pond; jin […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Jiu An
Chinese: 久安
Name Of Image: May peace bless you forever
Description:

Pun Design: nine + quails Punning Details: The Chinese word ‘jiu 九’ for ‘nine’ puns on the word ‘jiu 久’ for ‘lasting’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Jiu An Chang Zhi
Chinese: 久安长治
Name Of Image: May the country be in peace and order forever
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + Long-tailed Pheasant Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The combination of the first and third words in ‘chang wei zhi 长尾雉’ for […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Kai Shi Da Ji
Chinese: 开市大吉
Name Of Image: May you have tremendous luck in your new venture
Description:

‘Da ji 大鸡’ for ‘large rooster’ makes a pun on ‘da ji 大吉’ for ‘tremendous good luck’. This image can be expressed as a good wish for someone who has just started a new business venture.   Related motif: Rooster […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Ping An Duo Li
Chinese: 平安多利
Name Of Image: May you be trouble-free and roll in wealth
Description:

Pun Design: Apples + Quails + Lychee Punning Details: The Chinese character ‘ping 苹’ in ‘ping guo 苹果’ for ‘apple’ can make a pun on ‘ping 平’ for ‘peace’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ puns […]

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Chinese Pinyin: San Gong Bai Shou
Chinese: 三公百寿
Name Of Image: May my Lord live up to one hundred years
Description:

‘San gong 三公’ are the ‘Three Top Lords in the Imperial Court’. The ‘gong 公’ from the Chinese name ‘gong ji 公鸡’ for ‘rooster’ puns on the Chinese name for ‘lord’ and three roosters in the picture represent the three […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shi Shang Da Ji
Chinese: 室上大吉
Name Of Image: May everything fare fabulously in your family
Description:

A large Longquan pottery rooster sculpted on a rock sends good fortune to the receiver’s or owner’s family because da ji 大 鸡 for ‘large rooster’ sounds the same as da ji 大 吉 for ‘great good fortune’ and shi […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shi Shi An Shun
Chinese: 事事安顺
Name Of Image: May everything go smoothly with you
Description:

Pun Design: Persimmons + Quails Punning Details: The word ‘shi 柿’ in ‘shi zi 柿子’ for ‘persimmon’ can pun on ‘shi 事’ for ‘things’. The repetition of ‘shi’ as ‘shi shi 事事’ means ‘everything’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an […]

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