are a lot of symbolic designs with lucky meanings in China due to
the special Chinese culture and Chinese language.
There are a lot of homophonic characters in Chinese due to most
Chinese characters are phonogram. For instance, “bat”(蝠) in Chinese
has the same pronunciation with “ happiness”（福） in Chinese.
So the image of bat in Chinese culture represents happiness and
blessing. It is also hard for foreigners to imagine the coffin’s
design in Chinese culture represents winning promotion and getting
rich. Coffin (棺材) pronounces “guan cai”. Officer (官) also pronounces
“Guan” and wealth (财) pronounces “Cai”.
Chinese attribute auspicious meanings to some animals and flowers.
For example, dragon represents good luck and power, turtle and crane
birds represent long life, deer represents good salary, fish represents
surplus, chicken means auspicious, elephant stands for peace and
steady. Lotus flower, chrysanthemum, plum flower stand for purified
traits of a person and they also represent friendship. Peony stands
for prosperity and richness. Peach means longevity. Pomegranate
stands for prosperous offspring. Vase means peace.
The Yin-yang symbol design stands for harmony.
Colors also have meanings in Chinese culture. Red means happiness,
yellow means noble.
Numbers also have meanings. Number eight means good luck and making
a pile. Number six means rolling one’s hoop. Number Nine means
perpetuity. So in china you can always to see good car plate numbers
with a lot of 8, 6 or 9. Even the phone numbers people like to choose
8, 6 or nine.
Buddhism and Daoism have great influence on Chinese culture. So
the designs attached to these two religions also have auspicious
So the designs with the things mentioned above are always symbolic
designs with good meanings in China. These symbolic designs are
widely used in people’s daily life such as house decorating, furniture
carving and painting, handicrafts making and so on.
Ping You Xiang(D1)
Feng Cheng Xiang(D2)
He Yan Nian(D3)
Fu Peng Shou(D4)
Nian You Yu(D5)
Yang Kai Tai(D6)
Tai Ping You Xiang
D1 Long Feng Cheng Xiang D2 Son He Yan Nian D3 Wu Fu Peng Shou D4
Nian Nian You Yu D5 San Yang Kai Tai D6
D1 This design means harmonious and peaceful world.
The elephant is believed to be an animal which can bring good luck.
The magic vase is the pure water vase of Goddess of Mercy whose
water can cure disease and bring good luck. Vase in Chinese sounds
like piece in pronunciation.
D2 This design means dragon and phoenix present
D3 This design means pine and crane prolong the
D4 This design means five bats bring happiness
D5 The fish in this design means rich. The fire
crackers mean the New Year. Altogether this design means every year
the life is rich.
D6 Goat in Chinese pronounces Yang which has the
same pronunciation with Yang of Yin-yang. Three goats mean Yang
goes to its extreme. This design stands for that bad luck disappears
and good fortune comes.
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