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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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