Chinese Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Chinese Symbols category.

Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures. The area in which the culture is dominant covers a large geographical region in eastern Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly between provinces, cities, and even towns. Important components of Chinese culture include literature, music, visual arts, martial arts, cuisine, etc.

Symbols in this category:

Bamboo

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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Boar

When it comes to symbolic meaning, the boar can be distinctly different from the “pig”, so in this article we will only be addressing 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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Chinese dragon

Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore.

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Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum is one of the most important floral symbols in all of Asia. Geographically speaking, the symbolism of the lotus is more widespread throughout the continent, but in China and Japan, it runs into some stiff competition from this golden-hued beauty.

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Double Happiness

The form of this symbol can vary slightly from case to case, but wherever it is seen, the meaning is always the same.

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Duck

Compared to other birds such as the peacock or the eagle, the duck seems like a rather unimpressive and unremarkable fowl. Appearances are often deceptive, however, as this creature has more symbolism attached to it than might be expected.

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Fu

An ancient symbol of good luck, the character fu is a popular motif throughout China.

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Jade

In purely monetary terms, jade can sometimes fall short of the high value placed on more desirable stones such as diamonds and rubies. On the other hand, when it comes to symbolic meaning, a rich history and holding a revered place in diverse cultures, the readings for jade can truly shoot off the charts.

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Lotus

In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.

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Orange (fruit)

This brightly colored citrus fruit was first cultivated in eastern Asia, but since has spread to many other parts of the world. While both the fruit itself and the peel are used in a variety of culinary traditions, oranges are also imbued with several different symbolic meanings.

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Peach

In Chinese culture, peaches hold an exalted status, since they are strongly associated with the heavens and with eternal life.

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Plum

The plum is an important symbolic fruit in parts of eastern Asia.

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Shou

This symbol, whose name can also be spelled as "chou", is representative of longevity (long life), an overriding theme in traditional Chinese culture.

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Stag

When it comes to symbolic meaning, the stag can be distinctly different from the “deer”, so in this article we will only be addressing the former. While there are some general connotations to the stag 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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Tiger

In parts of Asia, the tiger supplants the lion as the so-called “King of Beasts”. Its ferocity and majestic appearance have given it important symbolic meaning in cultures throughout the continent.

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Xiantianism Symbol

The Xiantiandao or Way of Former Heaven (Pinyin Xiāntiān Dào, 先天道) encompasses a group of religions of Chinese origin which trace their lineage back to the White Lotus movement in past centuries.

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