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Plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, Cursive Script, Fan Leaf

Plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, running script, fan leaf..

Plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, Cursive Script, fan leaf

Size: 65cm*40cm

Creation year: 2008


Red Plum Blossoms

One enduring favourite is the plum blossom--the flower that can withstand frosty weather. The beautiful and delicate flower buds emerge and burst into full bloom, unhindered by frost and snow. The plum blossom is admired for its fortitude. As the emblem of 'winter,' the plum tree welcomes the beginning of each new year and the return of spring, of new life, and hope.

Appropriately, a branch or sprig of red plum blossoms are used in (Chinese) New Year decorations and gifts to express good wishes for the coming year. The plum tree's sinuous trunk has often been compared to a dragon's body. The ideals of purity, beauty, strength, courage and perseverance have all been associated with the delightful plum blossom.


The fragrant wild orchid that grows beside water deep in the woodland is the epitome of femininity and serene beauty in the shadows of obscurity. It was seen as the scholar's sweetheart, the curving spikes of flowers symbolising a modest maiden washing her hair.


Bamboo is one of the four favorite plants along with Chinese plum, orchid and chrysanthemum, the so-called Four Men of Honor (Si4 Jun1 Zi3) by the Chinese. The characters of the four plants are highly admired by the Chinese people so they want to be just like the four plants. In turn, the plants have possessed some human nature. This is an example of the harmony between nature and human being (Tian1 Ren2 He2 Yi1).

 You can find bamboo just about everywhere in China as long as it can be grown. Gardens are usually good places to see bamboo, such as the famous Purple Bamboo Garden in Beijing and Guyi Garden in Shanghai. The Bamboo Sea Scenic Area in Sichuan Province has become a popular destination, which consists of 28 peaks fully covered with bamboo, thanks to the movie 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.' 

Bamboo culture is deeply rooted in the daily life of the Chinese. Bamboo chopsticks are still the most common tableware in China. Dizi (Chinese flute) is made of bamboo. People are still using paintbrush made from bamboo today. It is quite common to see lucky bamboo and wenzhu (asparagus fern) in Chinese homes. Bamboo Culture Festival has become popular in recent years.

There are many such festivals held in different places across China each year. To take part in a bamboo culture festival is probably the best opportunity to learn the bamboo culture. During a bamboo culture festival, there are usually exhibitions of bamboo carvings, poems and paintings. Bamboo painting is an important part of Chinese traditional painting. You can also see all kinds of bamboos, listen to them as well as feel their spirit with your heart to bring you peace and harmony.


The emblem of China that goes on flowering in a blaze of colour long after summer flowers have faded, defying the onset of winter. Its strong bright blooms are seen as a triumph of hope over adversity

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 03:45