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A useful guide to Chinese Symbols. Did you know that the national symbol of China is the dragon? Or that the color red is worn by Chinese brides as well as being the color of envelope used to give monetary gifts to children at celebrations. Red is also the color of revolution! Discover facts, pictures and information on a selection of Chinese symbols including:

  • Hope
  • Happiness
  • Peace
  • Love
  • Alphabet
 

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Chinese Symbols - Country
The Peoples Republic of China was established on the 1st October 1949 and its capital city is Beijing. The currency of China is the Renminbi, also commonly known as the Yuan. In Chinese villages, farming is extremely important and crops include rice, cotton, wheat, potatoes, maize and sugar cane. Orchids, Bamboo, Gingko and Tea are examples of China's most important plants and trees. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art and traditional form of exercise which originated in China and is taught all over the world.
 

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Chinese Symbols - Hope
The Chinese have many symbols of hope and their love of celebrations and festivals is a sign to people all over the world how strong and important their culture is to its people. The biggest festival in China is Chinese New Year and lasts for fifteen days in January and February. Its start date is dictated by  the date of the new moon. The Mid-Autumn or Moon festival celebrates the harvest each year. The Chinese New Year celebrations and the Moon festival are just two examples of celebrations of hope for the future and symbols of hope include the national symbol of China, the dragon as well as the gift envelopes which are the children's favorite! Children are presented with red envelopes containing money by friends and relatives at Chinese New Year and also at other celebrations.

Chinese Symbols - Luck & Happiness
The color red is symbolic of good luck and happiness in China. Children are given red envelopes containing money and brides traditionally wear red on their wedding day. The character Fu is usually hung on the walls of Chinese homes all over the world during the new year celebrations. It represents good luck and happiness and the ideogram is often stitched in fabric. The logograms for both the luck and happiness symbols are shown below.

Chinese Symbols - Peace
There are many different ethnic groups in China, the largest of these is 'Han' followed by 'Zhuang'. Religions practiced in China include Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The main religions are Taoism and Buddhism. Each individual religion has its own specific symbols. The Chinese translation of the word peace is shown below.

Chinese Symbols - Tattoos
Dragons are an extremely popular choice for those wishing to use Chinese symbols in their tattoo design. In China, dragons are symbols of strength and good luck. The logograms below show the most popular choice for tattoo designs, they are simple images using traditional Chinese symbols but portray an important and personal message. Each picture shows the English translation underneath.

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Chinese Symbols - Love
Love is defined as affection, kind feeling, friendship, strong liking, desire and fondness. Perhaps you are looking for a way to tell that special person how you feel about them? Why not include the Chinese symbol for love in your message? The Chinese symbol for love is shown above, why not include it in a message to your loved one or as a tattoo design?

Chinese Symbols - Alphabet
The Chinese alphabet uses logograms as opposed to letters to represent words. Logograms are similar to ideograms, the difference being that ideograms represent letters where logograms represent a particular word. The following Chinese phrases are shown with their English translation:

Nee how - Hello
Chying - Please
Dway - Yes
Boo dway - No


Symbols Fact 1: Confucianism is a religion based on the teachings of Confucius, a wise man who lived over 3,000 years ago and is based around a set of rules for living

Symbols Fact 2: The Taoist religion teaches its followers how to live in balance with nature

Symbols Fact 3: Buddhism teaches people how to find peace and perfection and they also believe in reincarnation

Symbols Fact 4: The Yangtze river divides the north and south of China

Symbols Fact 5: The color red in the Chinese flag symbolises revolution

Symbols Fact 6: The Kiwi Fruit is the national fruit of China

Fact 7: The Giant Panda is the national animal of China

Fact 8: The March of the Volunteers (Yiyonggjun Jinxingqu) is the Chinese national anthem

Fact 9: The Chinese refer to their country as 'Zhongguo' which means 'Middle Kingdom' as the ancient Chinese believed their country was the centre of civialisation

Fact 10: Traditional Chinese boats are called junks

Fact 11: The Terracotta army guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang near Xi'an. They consist of 10,000 clay figures and chariots

Fact 12: The world's second highest mountain, K2 is on the border of China and Pakistan

Fact 13: The 'Clay forests' are rock formations found in the Tibetan Plateau

Fact 14: The official language of China is Mandarin

Fact 15: The forbidden city is the largest palace in the world and one of the worlds most popular tourist attractions. It was originally the home of the rulers of China (Emperors)

Fact 16: Dragon boats carry 22 people, they are made from wood and have been made in China for over 2,000 years. They compete in races including the Qu Yuan Cup where the boats are decorated in bright colors. In order to help the team row at the same time one of the team members hits a drum

Fact 17: The national symbol of China is the Chinese dragon

Fact 18: Mooncakes are a popular treat in China, they are pastries with a sweet filling

Fact 19: The 'Silk Road' is an ancient trade route which linked China, Europe and the Middle East

Fact 20: The Jade Emperor appears in Chinese culture and is one of the most important gods in Chinese religion

Fact 21: There are five stars on the Chinese flag, the single large flag represents Chinas government and the four small stars are symbolic of its people

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Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to Chinese Symbols and illustrate the different Chinese emblems and signs that we see in everyday life. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great educational resource for everyone! Find out about different astrology emblems and symbols as well as their significance to different cultures.

 

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