Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (2022)

The Culture of China is one of the world’s oldest and most complex cultures. The area in which the culture is dominant covers a vast geographical region in eastern Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly between towns, cities, and provinces. Most social values are derived from Confucianism and Taoism. In ancient times there were several well known Chinese symbols.

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Here is our collection of Chinese symbols.

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Chinese characters or symbols usually have one or more meanings, and some of them are particularly loved by Chinese people. Here is the top ten list of the lucky ones. Please note Pinyin is also used here, which is the Chinese spelling system for the characters. For example, fu is the pinyin for good luck in Chinese. But fu is only the phonic part of the character, and it also represents other Chinese characters that sound the same.

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Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (2)Fu – Blessing, Good Fortune, Good Luck
Fu is one of the most famous Chinese characters used in Chinese New Year. It is often posted upside down on the front door of a house or an apartment. The upside down fu means good luck came since the character for upside down in Chinese sounds the same as the character for came.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (3)Lu – Prosperity
It used to mean official’s salary in feudal China. Fengshui is believed to be the Chinese way to health, wealth and happiness. If you are interested in Fengshui, you may check out the book ‘The Feng Shui Kit.’
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (4)Shou – Longevity
Shou also means life, age or birthday.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (5)Xi – Happiness
Double happiness is usually posted everywhere at Chinese weddings.

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Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (9)Cai – wealth, money
Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. It is to say money really can do a lot of things. Buy Direct
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (10)He – harmonious
‘People harmony’ is an integral part of Chinese culture. When you have harmonious relations with others, things will be a lot easier for you.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (11)Ai – love, affection
Don’t need to say any more about this one. Just want to point out ai is often used with ‘Mianzi’ together. Aimianzi means ‘be concerned about one’s face-saving.’
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (12)Mei – beautiful, pretty
The United States of American is called Mei Guo in the short form. Guo means country, so Meiguo is a good name.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (13)Ji – lucky, auspicious, propitious
Hope all is well.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (14)De – virtue, moral
De symbol means virtue, moral, heart, mind, and kindness, etc. It is also used in the name for Germany, i.e., De Guo.

Here are the Chinese zodiac signs. These are important Chinese symbols that have deep meaning for the chinese and many other people who are interested in horoscopes.

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Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (15)Dog – The Dog is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (16)Dragon – The Dragon, is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar, and the only animal that is legendary. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol. Honest, sensitive, and brave, these individuals are most compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (17)Horse – The Horse is the seventh of the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Horse is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (18)Monkey – The Monkey is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (19)Ox – The Ox is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Ox is denoted by the earthly branch character. In the Vietnamese zodiac, the water buffalo occupies the position of the ox.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (20)Pig – The Pig, or Boar, is the last of the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Pig is associated with the earthly branch Hai. In Chinese culture, the pig is associated with fertility and virility. To bear children in the Year of the Pig is considered to be very fortunate, for they will be happy and honest.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (21)Rabbit – The Chinese Year of the Rabbit is actually the Chinese Year of the Hare, as China has seven native species of hares and no native species of rabbits. The Chinese applied their word for a hare to the first rabbits to be taken to China, and the word is now erroneously back-translated into English as a rabbit. The hare is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Hare is associated with the earthly branch symbol. In the related Vietnamese Zodiac, the cat takes the place of the hare.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (22)Ram – The Goat (also translated as Sheep or Ram) is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Goat is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (23)Rat – The Rat is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol. In some parts of the world, a year associated with this animal is referred to as Year of the Mouse because the word may be translated to “rat,” “mouse,” or more broadly, “rodent”.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (24)Rooster – The Rooster (also translated as Cock or Chicken) is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The earthly branch character represents the Year of the Rooster.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (25)Snake – The Snake (also known as the Serpent) is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake is associated with the earthly branch symbol.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (26)Tiger – The Tiger, is one of the 12-year cycles of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Tiger is associated with the earthly branch symbol.

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Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (27)The Wood Element is the energy associated with regeneration, renewal, and growth. The season of Spring expresses this rebirth as the blooming of new life, the continual movement of Chi.

The Wood Element expresses the vision of life, direction, and movement.

Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (28)Fire is the spark of life. It warms and circulates the blood and Chi. It represents the fullest expression of yang.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (29)Earth – In ancient Chinese texts, the Earth Element was often depicted as the center with the other four elements surrounding it. Earth provides nourishment and shelter for all life. The Earth Element and its two officials, the Spleen and Stomach, are the organs that support the nourishing processes in body, mind, and spirit. The stomach takes in nourishment; the spleen distributes the energy throughout the body obtained from foods.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (30)Metal – The Metal Element supports breathing, inspiration, and respiration, the breath of life, as well as the release of impurities. Out with the old and in with the new.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (31)Water – Water is the foundation of life. It expresses stillness, power, cleansing, and refreshment. Water supports every cell in the body. Without fresh, pure water in our bodies and in our environment, we compromise the vital integrity of our health.
Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (32)Bamboo –An intrinsic part of the Chinese culture since ages, Bamboo is symbolic of longevity, youth, strength, suppleness, flexibility, adaptability, endurance, good luck, prosperity, virtue and traditional values. The Chinese associate its deep roots with resoluteness, the tall, clean and evergreen stem with honor and chastity, and the hollow interior with simplicity and

Another very important Chinese symbol is theYing-Yangsymbol.

In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang generally referred to in the West as (yin and yang) is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other. The concept lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, Taijiquan (tai chi), and Qigong (Chi Kung) and of I Ching divination. Many natural dualities – e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot – are thought of as manifestations of yin and yang (respectively).

Chinese Symbols and Their Translations (33)Goldfish –Goldfish is associated with wealth, affluence and abundance. In the Chinese culture, Goldfish is a trendy symbol and may be worn embroidered on clothes to encourage the flow of riches and comforts into life. The symbol is often used alongside the lotus flower as a New Year image. Together, they are supposed to be the harbingers of prosperity as well as harmony.
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FAQs

How do I find out what Chinese symbols mean? ›

If you want to try handwriting input online, just head to Google Translate! Enable handwriting by clicking the pen icon in the bottom right corner. Optical character recognition (OCR) – Many apps and websites provide OCR features where you can scan or take pictures of the character(s) you want to look up.

What is the most famous Chinese symbol? ›

The 100 Most Common Chinese characters:
No.Characterpīnyīn
1de
2yī / yì /yí
3shì
4
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What is the rarest Chinese symbol? ›

The Chinese character “biáng” is one of the most complex and rare Chinese characters in contemporary usage, although the character is not found in modern dictionaries. It cannot be entered into computers either.

What symbols are used in China? ›

Symbols of the People's Republic of China
SymbolImage
National currencyRenminbi
National animalGiant panda
Chinese dragon
National birdRed-crowned crane
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How do you translate Chinese characters? ›

You can use Google Translate for assistance with Chinese characters. It will read the characters from images for you and provide you with accurate results in most cases. You can also get it to provide you with spoken results. This way, you can hear how to pronounce a certain word.

What is the Chinese symbol for love? ›

The Chinese character for "love" or "to love" is in traditional Chinese, but it can also be written as 爱 in simplified Chinese. Traditional Chinese is more commonly used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, whereas simplified Chinese is used in mainland China.

How can I write my name in Chinese? ›

我的名字叫。。。 (Wǒ De Míng Zi Jiào…) — My Name Is… Another common way to introduce yourself is to extend 我叫… into 我的名字叫… The word 名字 (míng zi) means “name,” so this phrase literally means “my name is called.”

What symbolizes peace in Chinese culture? ›

As in the West, the dove is a symbol of peace. In China it legally represents loyalty and longevity.

Which Chinese zodiac is the luckiest? ›

Rat ranks as the first animal of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. It is also thought to be the luckiest zodiac sign- maybe the first one always means the best. People born in the year of the rat are destined for good luck. They will be luckier to have a happy and rich life.

What is the hardest Chinese character? ›

The character biáng requires 62 total strokes to write and contains a 馬 horse, 月 moon,刂 knife and 心 heart plus other radicals. Biáng doesn't exist in Modern Standard Mandarin which only serves to increase the mystery and intrigue surrounding the character.

What zodiac is luckiest in 2022? ›

Ox and Goat are the luckiest zodiac signs in the year of 2022. For those born in the years of the Rat, Snake, Monkey, Pig and Dog, you will need to make comparatively more effort in order to make achievements.

How many symbols are there in Chinese? ›

Altogether there are over 50,000 characters, though a comprehensive modern dictionary will rarely list over 20,000 in use. An educated Chinese person will know about 8,000 characters, but you will only need about 2-3,000 to be able to read a newspaper.

What does a jade tiger mean? ›

The tiger is a symbol of strength and endurance, and the Chinese regard carved jade objects as very valuable. Chinese equate jade with human virtues because of its hardness, durability and beauty.

What is the Chinese symbol for health? ›

Chinese symbol: , health, healthy, strong, sturdy, good at.

Can I take a picture of Chinese writing and translate it? ›

You can use your phone's camera to translate text in the Translate app. For example, you can use your camera to translate signs or handwritten notes.

Is there an app to translate Chinese writing? ›

Simply point and translate with your smartphone—Waygo doesn't require an internet connection, uses minimal disk space, and is available for iOS and Android. Waygo currently supports translation of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, with more to come.

What is the best Chinese translator? ›

Now then, let's take a look at the best Chinese translator apps you can download right now!
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  2. Yandex. ...
  3. Baidu Translate. ...
  4. Microsoft Translator. ...
  5. Pleco. ...
  6. Waygo. ...
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What is Chinese symbol for happiness? ›

The character fú 福, glossed “happiness,” “blessings,” “felicity,” or “good luck,” appears over and over as a decorative motif. It is commonly woven into cloth, sometimes in as many as a hundred different writings.

What are the 5 Chinese blessings? ›

Chinese culture: five blessings, also known as the "Five Happiness" or "Five Good Fortunes", which refer to longevity, wealth, health and composure, love of virtue, and the desire to die a natural death in old age (or timely death).

What is the Chinese symbol for wealth? ›

The Chinese character 富 fù means rich, wealthy, abundant. China Admissions.

How do you say moon in Chinese? ›

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What are some cool Chinese words? ›

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  • 串 (chuàn) — to string together. ...
  • 聪 (cōng) — clever. ...
  • 家 (jiā) — home. ...
  • 明 (míng) — bright; to understand. ...
  • 忍 (rěn) — to endure. ...
  • 森林 (sēnlín) — forest. ...
  • 武 (wǔ) — military.
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What is your name translate? ›

आपका नाम क्या है?

What is your last name in Chinese? ›

你姓什么? Nǐ xìng shénme? What's your family name?

How do you say hello my name is in Chinese? ›

叫我小龙吧 If it's an informal situation, and you want the person to feel close to you, you can say 叫我小龙吧. 叫我... is usually followed by your first name only or your nickname. It is a very friendly and casual way to say my name is in Chinese.

What is a symbol for love? ›

The Heart: The most popular symbol of love, a heart is used to represent the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially romantic love. A heart pierced with an arrow is meant to symbolize romantic love.

Which fruit is a symbol of long life and good luck in China? ›

The peach tree and all it's components–the wood, fruit, blossoms and petals all carry different symbolic meanings in Chinese culture. The peach tree symbolizes longevity.

What flowers have special meaning in China? ›

Hibiscus. The hibiscus is a popular Chinese flower that symbolizes fame, riches, glory, and splendor. The flower also can symbolize the fleeting beauty of fame or personal glory and is given as a gift to both women and men.

What zodiac is pretty? ›

Finding the most attractive signs has been very difficult according to various astrologers, but it is believed that there are 5 zodiac signs the most attractive and they are Scorpio, Libra, Taurus, Aries and Leo.

Which zodiac is lucky in love? ›

Everyone loves to be around a Pisces as they radiate warmth and love. And so, they are indeed very lucky in love!

What is the luckiest birth month? ›

A study done in the U.K. showed that May is the luckiest month to be born, and October is the unluckiest. It could have something to do with that optimism, since positive attitudes have been associated with greater resilience.

What is the easiest Chinese character? ›

Here's a list of some of the simplest characters in the Chinese language:
  • 八 (bā) – “eight”
  • 九 (jiǔ) – “nine”
  • 十 (shí) – “ten”
  • 月 (yuè) – “month”
  • 大 (dà) – “big”
  • 水 (shuǐ) – “water”
  • 人 (rén) – “people” or “person”
  • 口 (kǒu) – “mouth”

Which language is hardest to learn? ›

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What is the hardest language in the world? ›

Mandarin

As mentioned before, Mandarin is unanimously considered the most difficult language to master in the world! Spoken by over a billion people in the world, the language can be extremely difficult for people whose native languages use the Latin writing system.

Which zodiac signs will be rich? ›

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  • 1) Sagittarius.
  • 2) Aquarius.
  • 3) Leo.
  • 4) Scorpio.
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Which signs will fall in love in 2022? ›

The three zodiac signs who will fall in love the hardest during the Moonin Leo starting October 18 - 20, 2022
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  • Virgo. (August 23 - September 22)
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What horoscopes are good in bed? ›

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  • VIRGO: Virgos are the epitome of slow, sensual and passionate sex. ...
  • SAGITTARIUS:
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What does a star symbol mean in Chinese? ›

The Chinese word for "star, heavenly body" is 星 xīng. The character 星 originally had a more complicated form: 曐, a phono-semantic character (形聲字) whose semantic portion, 晶, originally depicting three twinkling stars (three instances of the "sun" radical 日).

What do animals represent in Chinese culture? ›

For those with minimal knowledge on the subject, you might guess that animals featured in Chinese artwork and literature signify things like longevity, luck or prosperity. While those are safe assumptions, there's a lot more to animal symbolism in Chinese culture, such as love, nobility and protection.

How many Chinese symbols are there? ›

Altogether there are over 50,000 characters, though a comprehensive modern dictionary will rarely list over 20,000 in use. An educated Chinese person will know about 8,000 characters, but you will only need about 2-3,000 to be able to read a newspaper.

What does Chinese art symbolize? ›

Symbolism Found in Chinese Art Revealed. Each culture has its own visual language that communicates wishes for good fortune and moral values. The Chinese use rich and engaging symbols in art to convey universal human aspirations: family prosperity, successful careers and longevity.

What does a 5 claw dragon mean? ›

The five-clawed dragon is the emperor's sacred symbol of imperial power, representing its dignity. Even though dragons are mythological animals, they are symbols of the natural world, they are the rulers of the seas and the skies. The rain divinity is associated with heavenly beneficence and fecundity.

What are the 4 Chinese constellations? ›

They are the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermilion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Tortoise (also called "Black Warrior") of the North.

What do clouds symbolize in Chinese culture? ›

In Chinese culture, clouds (especially the five-coloured clouds) are perceived as an auspicious sign (e.g. an omen of peace), a symbol of Heaven, and the expression of the Will of Heaven. They also symbolize happiness and good luck.

What animal is sacred to China? ›

The dragon is a divine beast that is respected by Chinese people, and is also a symbol of the spirit of the Chinese nation. For thousands of years, emperors have regarded the dragon as a symbol of power and dignity. The Hall of Supreme Harmony and the terrace below the three Great Halls feature over 10,000 dragons.

What animal is good luck? ›

Bulls are known for bringing luck to a variety of cultures. Greek, Celtic, Egyptian and East Indian people all see the animal as a powerful force. The bull is said to be a sign of positive things from good health to wealth. The Greeks looked upon the bull as a master of love and fertility.

What animal is good luck for money? ›

PIGS. People have been saying pigs mean good luck for centuries. Spotting a pig in clover is supposed to be especially fortunate, and a sign of money to come. This superstition was started in farming communities, where pigs were a big part of the profits.

What is the hardest Chinese character? ›

The character biáng requires 62 total strokes to write and contains a 馬 horse, 月 moon,刂 knife and 心 heart plus other radicals. Biáng doesn't exist in Modern Standard Mandarin which only serves to increase the mystery and intrigue surrounding the character.

Which language is hardest to learn? ›

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What is the Chinese symbol for money? ›

The renminbi is the official currency of the People's Republic of China, and translates to “people's money.” Its international symbol is CNY (or CNH in Hong Kong; but abbreviated RMB, with the symbol ¥).

What is the Chinese symbol for health? ›

Chinese symbol: , health, healthy, strong, sturdy, good at.

What does a jade tiger mean? ›

The tiger is a symbol of strength and endurance, and the Chinese regard carved jade objects as very valuable. Chinese equate jade with human virtues because of its hardness, durability and beauty.

What does Chinese jade symbolize? ›

Jade is most highly valued in Chinese culture today. The philosopher Confucius reportedly expressed this fascination by making jade a metaphor for virtue, kindness, wisdom, justice, civility, music, sincerity, truth, Heaven and Earth.

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