Chinese Symbols

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China is one of the world's oldest and most long-lived cultures, with human settlement dating back to the Neolithic Era. Covering a vast region of eastern Asia, its many customs and traditions can vary greatly between provinces, cities, and even individual towns.

Many important components of Chinese culture can be traced back thousands of years, and are still visible today. These cultural phenomena include language and literature, music, visual arts, martial arts, cuisine, and much more.

Symbols in this category:

bagua (feng shui)

a Chinese religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching, typically arranged octagonally around a symbol denoting the balance of yin and yang, or around a mirror.

bagua regarded in feng shui as a pattern determining the significance and auspicious qualities of spatial relationships.

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Chinese characters representing "Bǎihé", which translates as 'Lily'.

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Bǎikē quánshū (simplified)

Chinese characters representing "Bǎikē quánshū", which translates as 'Encyclopedia'.

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One of the most ubiquitous symbols of eastern Asia, bamboo is a plant with many meanings and, in modern-day industry and manufacturing, a plant with many practical uses.

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Beckoning Cat

The famous image of the Maneki Neko or “beckoning cat” is an easily recognizable symbol of Chinese and Japanese culture.

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Chinese characters representing "Biānniánshǐ", which translates as 'Chronicle' or 'Annals'.

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When it comes to symbolic meaning, the boar can be distinctly different from the “pig”, so this article will only address the former. While there are some general connotations to the boar that are fairly easy to understand, there are also innumerable cultural associations that follow in the tracks of this animal, wherever it happens to reside.

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Cán (Traditional)

Chinese character representing 'Cán', which translates as 'Silkworm'.

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Cháhuā (simplified)

Chinese characters representing "Cháhuā", which translates as 'Camellia'.

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Chinese dragon

Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore.

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Chinese Dragon Symbol

An ancient seal script form of the character for "dragon" that is now written 龍 or 龙 and pronounced lóng in Mandarin Chinese.

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In parts of eastern Asia, the chrysanthemum is extremely important as a cultural symbol. Although the lotus flower has symbolic meaning across a larger swath of the continent, in China and Japan it runs into some stiff competition from this golden-hued beauty.

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Chuán (Traditional)

Chinese character representing 'Chuán', which translates as 'Ship'.

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Chinese characters representing "Dàishǔ", which translates as 'Kangaroo'.

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Dǎo (simplified)

Chinese character representing "Dǎo", which translates as 'Island'.

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