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Chinese Pinyin: Shi Shi Ping An
Chinese: 事事平安
Name Of Image: May you live in harmony
Description:

Pun Design: Persimmons + Apples + Quails Punning Details: The Chinese character ‘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 ‘ping …

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang An
Chinese: 双安
Name Of Image: May you both live a peaceful life
Description:

Pun Design: Two + Quails Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The Chinese word for ‘double’ is ‘shuang 双’. When there is a gathering of two …

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang Xiong Dou Zhi
Chinese: 双雄斗智
Name Of Image: Two heroes fighting with their intelligence
Description:

‘Shuang 双’ is the Chinese word for ‘two’. ‘Xiong 雄’ in ‘Xiong ji 雄鸡’ in the Chinese name for ‘rooster’ makes a pun on ‘xiong 雄’ for ‘hero’. Thus, the image of two roosters in confrontation is meant to represent …

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Chinese Pinyin: Sui Sui Ping An
Chinese: 岁岁平安
Name Of Image: May you enjoy a peaceful life year after year
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + seedheads of foxtail millet Punning Details: The word ‘sui 穗’ for ‘millet seedhead’ is a pun on ‘sui 岁’ for ‘year’; the repetition of ‘sui’ means ‘year in year out’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an …

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Chinese Pinyin: Tian Xian Gong Shou (Tian Xian Zhu Shou)
Chinese: 天仙拱寿 (天仙祝寿)
Name Of Image: Heavenly immortals and fairies are celebrating your birthday
Description:

The Chinese character ‘tian 天’ from the phrase ‘tianzhu 天竹’ for ‘nandina’ is both a homophone and homograph of the character ‘tian 天’ for ‘heaven’. The character ‘xian 仙’ in the phrase ‘shuixian 水仙’ for ‘narcissus’, is both a homophone …

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Chinese Pinyin: Wan Fu Wan Shou
Chinese: 万福万寿
Name Of Image: May you have inexhaustible good fortune and longevity
Description:

When swastika is combined with the Chinese character shou 寿 (meaning long life) and the image of the bat, whose pronunciation puns on the Chinese word fu 福 for ‘luck’ or ‘good fortune’, the composition is used to express good wishes …

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Chinese Pinyin: Wei Lie San Gong
Chinese: 位列三公
Name Of Image: May you rank among the three top civil servants
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: Xi Cong Tian Jiang
Chinese: 喜从天降
Name Of Image: May unexpected good luck descend on you!
Description:

Pun design: Spider + descending from the sky Punning mechanism: ‘Zhi zhu (蜘蛛, spider)’ has a nickname ‘xi zi (蟢子)’ or ‘xi zhu (喜蛛)’ meaning the ‘lucky one’ or ‘lucky spider’. Its first character ‘xi 喜(蟢)’ for ‘happiness (good luck)’ …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Die
Chinese: 萱耋
Name Of Image: May mother live up to a ripe old age
Description:

Lily flowers and butterflies form a pun rebus picture known as ‘Xuān Dié Tú 萱耋图’, meaning ‘May mother live up to a ripe old age’. ‘Xuan 萱’ in the picture title comes from ‘xuan cao 萱草’, the Chinese name for …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Lu Lian Ke
Chinese: 一路连科
Name Of Image: May you pass examinations all the way
Description:

One egret (鹭鸶, similar shape as heron), which can be referred to in Chinese as ‘一鹭 yi lu’, makes a pun (i.e. a homophone) on the phrase ‘一路 yi lu’, for ‘all the way’. The lotus pod ‘莲窠 lian ke’, …

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