Chinese Phoenix | Ancient Chinese Culture

Chinese Phoenix


Phoenix,known in Chinese as Fenghuang, is a mythological bird which reigns over the feathered world. Its image has appeared in China for over 4,000 years. It is said that it only drinks from sacred springs, feeds on bamboo seeds and nests in Chinese plane trees.

Along with unicorn Qilin, tortoise Guixian and dragon Long, Phoenix is one of the four holy animals in Chinese mythology.



In Chinese culture, it is a symbol of high virtue and grace. As it also symbolizes yin (female), it is always paired with Chinese dragon which has yang (male) connotations.


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