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  1. Green
  2. Green Fire
  3. Green Plum and Bamboo Horse
  4. Green Dragon / Blue Dragon
  5. Kingfisher
  6. House of Red Delights
  7. Bee
  8. Sapphire
  9. Apple
10. Lion Dance
11. Blue Dragon
12. Cyan
13. Jade
14. Demon / Raksha
15. Allah / God of Islam
16. Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

Green

The fresh green of nature
China qīng
Japan ao
Green

青 is nature's color. 青 can refer to forest green, greenish-blue, or greenish black.

青 and color represent nature, youth, young people.

In the same way, we refer to green bananas and the rookie being green, the same is true in Chinese and Japanese, where, in a certain context, this can mean immature, unripe, or young.

In Japan, this can also be a female given name "Haru." It can also be used as a given name (for either sex) in China.

Green Fire

China lú huǒ chún qīng
Green Fire

This literally means, "[The] furnace fire [has become] pure green.

爐火純青 is an allusion to Daoist alchemy. figuratively, this speaks of an art or technique brought to the point of perfection.

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games
China qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

This literally means, "green plums and hobby-horse." Figuratively, it means, "innocent children's games," "childhood sweethearts," or "a couple who grew up as childhood friends."

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than English.

Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

China qīng lóng
Japan sei ryū
Green Dragon / Blue Dragon

This title can mean blue or green dragon.

The first character can mean blue, green, azure, or celadon.

The second character means dragon.


This is mostly a Chinese title (especially in Buddhism). It will be understood but less commonly used in Japanese and Korean.

Kingfisher

China cuì niǎo
Kingfisher

翠鳥 is the title for the kingfisher bird in Chinese.

翠 means bluish-green, or green jade.

鳥 means bird.

House of Red Delights

China yí hóng yuàn
House of Red Delights

怡紅院 is from "The Story of the Stone" by Cao Xueqin.

For some reason, this phrase was translated as "House of Green Delights" when the novel was published in English. The translator took some liberties, and believed that "green" had a more positive feel than red, to a western audience. Therefore, the phrase shown to the right is "House of Red Delights" (which is the most original and correct way).

Bee

China
Bee

碧 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Bee. This has nothing to do with the insect bee. The meaning of the character is actually "fresh and green."

Sapphire

China qīng yù
Japan seigyoku
Sapphire

青玉 is a Japanese word that means sapphire or jacinth.

青玉 literally mean blue/green jade.


Note: This also makes sense in Chinese, but will be read as "blue jade", rather than being understood to be sapphire (藍寶石 is sapphire in Chinese).

Apple

China píng guǒ
Apple

蘋果 is the Chinese word for Apple.

This red or green fruit tree grows well in the cool winter climates of northern China.

In the context of computers and smartphones, this can refer to Apple Computers.

Lion Dance

Japan shi shi mai
Lion Dance

獅子舞 is the Japanese title for lion dancing.

This refers to the Japanese version borrowed from traditional Chinese culture. The Japanese version almost always features a red-faced lion with a green cloak with a white pattern.

Blue Dragon

China cāng lóng
Blue Dragon

蒼龍 is one of a couple possible titles for, "blue dragon" (occasionally also translated as "green dragon").

The first character means, "deep blue" or "azure."

The last character is dragon.

Cyan

China qīng sè
Japan aoiro
Cyan

青色 is a Chinese word that is used for the color cyan.

This can also refer to a blue-green color.

In Japanese, this is an alternate way to refer to a blue color.

Jade

(precious stone)
China
Japan tama / gyoku
Jade

玉 is how to write jade in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji. This refers to the semi-precious stone that can be almost white or a vivid green.

Note: In Japanese, this character can mean jewel, ball, sphere or coin depending on context.

If your name is Jade, you may want to choose this to represent your name by meaning rather than pronunciation.

Demon / Raksha

China luó chà
Demon / Raksha

This Chinese version of demon comes from the ancient Sanskrit word raksha, raksasa (rākṣasa), raksas (rakṣas), or raksasi (rākṣasī).

This title regards malignant spirits, demons. These demons are described in ancient texts as terrifying, with black bodies, red hair, green eyes, and as devourers of men.

刹FYI: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right.

Allah / God of Islam

China zhēn zhǔ
Allah / God of Islam

真主 is how Chinese Muslims refer to God (it literally means "True Master").

Oddly, in China, two different names for God have emerged. Even though Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God of Abraham.

In Arabic, the word Allah is just the Arabic way to say, God. Arab Christians pray to Allah, just like Arab Muslims. Somehow in China, the title of God diverged.

If you are curious, there are millions of Muslims throughout China but especially in the northwest portion of China known as Xinjiang. Here you will find descendants of Turkmen, Persian, Arab, and other ethnicities. Some are mixed with Han-Chinese blood; others appear to be pure Turkmen. Many have fair complexions, green eyes, and light hair but all are citizens of China. A visit to Xinjiang will shift your paradigm and blow away all of your stereotypes about what it means to be Chinese.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Greenaoqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
Green Fire爐火純青
炉火纯青
lú huǒ chún qīng
lu2 huo3 chun2 qing1
lu huo chun qing
luhuochunqing
lu huo ch`un ch`ing
luhuochunching
lu huo chun ching
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
青梅竹马
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
qingmeizhuma
ch`ing mei chu ma
chingmeichuma
ching mei chu ma
Green Dragon
Blue Dragon
靑龍
靑龙
sei ryū / seiryūqīng lóng
qing1 long2
qing long
qinglong
ch`ing lung
chinglung
ching lung
Kingfisher翠鳥
翠鸟
cuì niǎo / cui4 niao3 / cui niao / cuiniaots`ui niao / tsuiniao / tsui niao
House of Red Delights怡紅院
怡红院
yí hóng yuàn
yi2 hong2 yuan4
yi hong yuan
yihongyuan
i hung yüan
ihungyüan
Beebì / bi4 / bipi
Sapphire青玉seigyokuqīng yù / qing1 yu4 / qing yu / qingyuch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Apple蘋果
苹果
píng guǒ / ping2 guo3 / ping guo / pingguop`ing kuo / pingkuo / ping kuo
Lion Dance獅子舞shi shi mai
shishimai
Blue Dragon 蒼龍
苍龙
cāng lóng
cang1 long2
cang long
canglong
ts`ang lung
tsanglung
tsang lung
Cyan青色aoiroqīng sè / qing1 se4 / qing se / qingsech`ing se / chingse / ching se
Jadetama / gyokuyù / yu4 / yu
Demon
Raksha
羅剎 / 羅刹
罗刹
luó chà / luo2 cha4 / luo cha / luochalo ch`a / locha / lo cha
Allah
God of Islam
真主zhēn zhǔ / zhen1 zhu3 / zhen zhu / zhenzhuchen chu / chenchu
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
谁言寸草心报得三春晖
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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