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Pears as gifts
The Chinese have used symbolism for many centuries. Particular objects in a painting have a symbolic meaning, for example a pine tree symbolizes long life. When giving gifts it is important to avoid things with an unfortunate meaning. Pears are a case in point, as 梨 'li' sounds the same as 离 'li' separate and divorce. Umbrellas, clocks and belts are similarly problematic. Read More
Xià chóng yí bīng [xia chong yi bing]
summer insect doubt ice
The summer insect doubts the existence of ice
An ignorant person doesn't understand the whole truth
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