Plum Blossom | Ancient Chinese Culture

Plum Blossom

The plum blossom is reputed as a member of the Four Gentlemen in the world of flowers, along with orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo.

It braves snow and frost to bloom in the cold winter when most plants have shed their leaves and most flowers have not bloomed yet. Therefore, it is regarded as the symbol of rebirth and growth. It is also admired for its resilience and perseverance in the face of diversity.

As one of the most beloved flowers in China, it can be easily found in Chinese paintings and poems. According to relevant records, the earliest paintings of plum blossom appeared in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581).

Plum blossoms especially red ones can also be used as New Year gifts which can convey our best wishes.

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