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Plum Blossom in Chinese Culture

Plum Blossom

Plum Blossom in Chinese Culture

 One of the most beloved flowers in China, the plum blossoms (méi-huā, 梅花) have been frequently depicted in Chinese painting and poetry for centuries. The Chinese see its blossoms as both a symbol of winter as well as a harbinger of spring. It is precisely for this reason that the blossoms are so beloved, as they bloom most vibrantly amidst the winter snow, after most other plants have shed their...

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Butterfly in Chinese Culture

Butterfly

Butterfly in Chinese Culture

Chinese believe that butterfly is a symbol of grace and is associated with romanticism. Two butterflies flying together are a symbol of love. Butterfly is related to one of China's best known tragic yet beloved folk tales, The Butterfly Lovers or Liang Zhu. This legend is sometimes regarded as the Chinese equivalent to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Legend:

The legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai is set in the...

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Bamboo in Chinese Culture

Bamboo

Bamboo in Chinese Culture

China is not only famous for its national treasure, the giant pandas, but also the giant panda’s staple food -- bamboo. The Chinese love bamboo, and bamboo culture has been rooted in their minds for a long time. To the Chinese people, bamboo is a symbol of virtue. It reflects people’s souls and emotions.

The history of Chinese people planting and using bamboo can be traced back 7,000 years. As...

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Four Treasures of A Study

Four Treasures of A Study

Ink Brushes

Ink brushes are mostly made of bamboo, some of which spot bamboo, rhino horn, ivory, gold and silver, making them crafts of art. The animal hairs for making the brush are categorized into soft hair and stiff hair, of which soft hairs are mainly goat hairs and stiff hairs rabbit ridge hairs and weasel tail hairs. There is also a mixture of soft hair and stiff hair. The...

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Chinese Calligraphy - A First Glance

Chinese Calligraphy - A First Glance

Calligraphy is a unique form of artistic expression revealing the beauty of words in China and its neighboring countries and regions deeply influenced by Chinese culture. It includes Chinese calligraphy, Mongolian calligraphy, Arabic calligraphy and English calligraphy, among which Chinese calligraphy is a distinctive traditional art form of Chinese characters.

In a broad sense, calligraphy refers to letter symbols and the rules of writing, which, in other words, is to write...

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