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Images of blessing
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Being a vast and diverse country with over fifty minorities groups,China is a homeland to a myriad different types of images which are meant to give good blessing. In the festivals or celebrations, people like decorating their houses and devices, for the blessing of a happy life and to celebrate the festivals.

The images of blessing in China started in the Zhou Dynasty (zhōu ) (1122 BC256 BC) around 3000 years ago. Until today, the images of blessing are still an important content of the Chinese life. The content of the images of blessing are quite broad, but here we introduce several kinds that are more popular: 
shuangxiShuangxi (shuāng xǐ 双喜)doubled happiness. It means happiness and luck. It is normally used in weddings.
Long (simplified Chinese: 龙; traditional Chinese: 龍; pinyin: lóng)dragon. The dragon is the totem of the Chinese nation. Chinese around the world proudly proclaim themselves "Descendents of the Dragon (lóng dè chuán rén 龙的传人)." Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
Yu (yú )fish.Carps are known for their legendary valour in swimming against the current and make a good marital fortune symbol.
Qilin (qí lín 麒麟)This dragon horse is also known as the Chinese unicorn. A great omen for prosperity, success, longevity, illustrious offspring and enhancement, the qi lin should always be displayed as a pair.

shouShou (simplified Chinese: 寿; traditional Chinese: 壽; pinyin: shòu)longevity. It has been designed and prettified to be symmetrical, which means health and long life.
Fushou shuangquan (fú shòu shuāng quán 福寿双全)luck and health. It has the images of a bat and the word shou (shòu 寿). In Chinese, the pronunciation of the bat is similar to that of luck, therefore it has the meaning of luck and long life.
 A symmetrical image with two you (yǒu ). The you means having and wealthy in Chinese. In the counties of China, people post the image on the utensils for storing food, meaning a good and fruitful harvest.Sihe ruyi (sìhé rúyì 四合如意)Four s-shape wands are enclosed and connected with each other on four sides, symbolizing everything goes as one wishes.
baijiBaiji (bǎijí 百吉) is also called panchang (páncháng 盘长). It can be imagined as the endless ties, which have the similar pronunciation as jie (jié ) in Chinese. The meaning of baiji is endless luck in life.
Wufu pengshou (wǔfú pěngshòu 五福捧寿)Five bats bring long life. There are five bats surrounding the word shou. Taking the pronunciation of the word bat, it means five different kinds of good aspects: long life, wealth, health, virtue, and happy end.






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