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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, 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’, is a pun on ‘连科 …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Lu Qing Lian
Chinese: 一路清廉
Name Of Image: You are an honest and uncorrupted official in your entire career
Description:

An egret and lotus flowers (莲花) are pictured in combination to infer ‘Yi Lu Qing Lian’, which means ‘You are an honest and uncorrupted official in your entire career’. ‘Yi lu 一鹭’ for ‘one egret’ puns on ‘yi lu 一路’ …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yu Tang Fu Gui
Chinese: 玉堂富贵
Name Of Image: May your jade palatial home be honoured and full of riches
Description:

The character ‘yu 玉’ in ‘yulan hua 玉兰花’ for ‘magnolia’ is the same ‘yu 玉’ for ‘jade’. The word ‘tang 棠’ from ‘haitang hua 海棠花’ for ‘crab apple’ is homophonic with the word ‘tang 堂’ for ‘house’. The combination of …

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhi Ri Gao Sheng
Chinese: 指日高升
Name Of Image: May your chance of promotion be just round the corner
Description:

The action of ‘pointing to the sun’ is termed in Chinese as ‘指日 zhi ri’, which sounds and looks exactly the same as (both homophone and homograph of) the phrase ‘指日 zhi ri’ meaning ‘in a few days’ time’. The …

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhu Bao Ping An
Chinese: 竹报平安
Name Of Image: Sending you a safe-and-sound message
Description:

The Chinese character ‘an 鹌’ in ‘anchun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The character ‘zhu 竹’ for ‘bamboo’ is a pun on ‘zhu 祝’ for the verb ‘to wish’ and thus is used here …

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