China is a huge country filled with tradition and culture. Over many centuries, Chinese symbols have become an integral part of this culture, because people in China believe that symbols can have an impact on a person’s behaviors and mindsets. From ancient times, thousands of years ago, right up to modern times, animals and objects have been used to create a range of effects. Of course, the Chinese are not the only ethnicity using symbols to fulfill purposes, but also throughout the globe. However, Chinese symbols are possibly the most profound. They believe with these symbols, their lives will be enlightened and prosperous. So they keep these symbols at home, at work, and carry them around with them. Even in modern business, you can often see large companies wearing logos with idyllic symbols, in order to represent their values. In ancient times, countless numbers of Chinese symbols were used. Unfortunately, many of them are currently being forgotten.
Chinese symbols can be shown as Chinese alphabets, Chinese signs or Chinese characters. These symbols are used to represent qualities, emotions or purposes including love, strength, peace, luck, happiness, family, hopes, courage, beautiful, passion, faith, trust, loyalty, freedom, wisdom, etc. These days, the following symbols are often used for tattoos.
Dragon – The dragon is the most common of Chinese symbols, and one of the most important creatures in Chinese mythology. It represents luck and goodness. A symbol of the emperor himself, the dragon was master of all of the elements of nature. The flexuous dragon can take many forms and will be victorious in any circumstance. So this symbol often used in corporate logos. The dragon also plays an important role in the traditional wedding rituals in China, its implied meaning of the dragon’s dance during the wedding reception is strongly sexual. And of course, the national symbol of China is the Chinese dragon.
Unicorn – This symbol is used by most of western people, but “China version” is different than that. It has two or three horns on its head rather than single. In china this represents goodness and willingness to have children.
Butterfly – This symbol represent teenage love. This butterfly demonstrates an eternal bond between true lovers. Gifts including this symbol may really suitable for couples. This Chinese animal symbol mentions the power of love
Goldfish – This symbol represent the plenteous of gold. It is a popular animal symbol among Chinese. They thought this symbol may provide wealth and harmony.
Horse – This symbol may represent the loyalty and purity and also strength.
Heron – This symbol is very important for Chinese because it may represents about long life. They are really wanted to spent longevity.
Tiger – This is an ancient animal. This symbol may represent the dignity, courage and energy and protection. This Chinese animal symbol also important to good wealth.
Phoenix – The Phoenix represents luck and fortune.
This zodiax symbols are based on animals, but only 12 animals. The signs have been used for a very long time as a way of dating years in a 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar. According to the Chinese zodiac, your birth year tells you more than just your age. Not only is one's personality affected by the animal associated with their birth year, the compatibility of their relationships also depends on their zodiac. In general, the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives. Here is the list of 12 animals that include in Chinese Zodiac.
Rat - Motivated by money, can be greedy, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.
Ox - Steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.
Tiger - Charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense. Compatible with Horse or Dog.
Rabbit - Enjoy being surrounded by family and friends, popular, compassionate, sincere, Compatible with Goat or Pig.
Dragon - Energetic, warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love, Egotistic, Natural born leaders. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.
Snake - Seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.
Horse - Energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.
Goat - Creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.
Monkey - Energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control, data-custom-mark="true"heart-breakers, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.
Rooster - Practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.
Dog - Loyal, faithful, honest, trust-worthy, however often guilty of telling white lies. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.
Pig - Extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.
These symbols are most popular among tattoo designers and t shirt designers. The Chinese alphabet uses logograms as opposed to letters to represent words. Logograms are similar to ideograms, the difference being that ideograms represent letters where logograms represent a particular word. These special characters represent Good Luck, Prosperity, Longevity, Happiness, Harmonious, Auspicious, Pretty, Moral and etc.
It is a traditional Chinese symbol. Behind the word love there is a hidden mean. Love is made of the collection of affection, kindness, desire and strong liking. This symbol represent about your love and how much and how far it may goes. This Chinese symbol is good for jewelry, tattoo or other art designs that represent love. This love symbols also changed according to the purpose of love. For an example: love, romantic love, maternal love, paternal love, etc.
It is a traditional Chinese symbol. This symbol shows your power and force. In China dragon design also represent the symbol of strength. This Chinese symbol is used to motivate and inspire people who show fearless. This strength helps to achieve goals and win. This represents your ambitions and the ways that you want to take in life. It is possible to gain better success in your life by keep visible always this strength symbols clearly or you can make it as tattoo in your body. By seeing this always may automatically makes you strength.
Red is symbolic of good luck and happiness in China. In addition to that there is “Double happiness” character. So in china houses, you can see double happiness character on red color background. Specially in china weddings, brides wear red dress during her wedding day.
There are many symbols for hope. In china new year festival and Moon festival this hope symbols are frequently used. The idea of enduring hardships with fortitude, always hopeful of a better future is even considered a virtue to be praised. So the hope symbol is a very fitting one whether on a calligraphy scroll or for other inspirational use.
China is multi religious country includes Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. But the main religions are Taoism and Buddhism. So the peace symbol is important. Symbol for peace is made up of two characters. These two characters represent harmony and calm. They use this when their traditional festivals and also special celebrations.
These symbols are the most popular around the whole world. There are no specific tattoo symbols. People use Chinese words, animal’s characters for their tattoos. Dragon is most common animal and it represents strength and good luck. Now a day’s people translate English word to Chinese and use Chinese characters as tattoos. This translation tattoos are popular because you can use one or two character instead of five – six words in English. But some people use special characters that come with china tradition which represent love, strength, power and etc. So we can categorize three tattoo groups
1. Dramatic and detailed tattoo that also has deeper meaning
2. Tattoo that has personal meaning
3. Legends and meaning behind specific symbols
However it’s better to get advice from native Chinese speaker before selecting tattoo characters.
Considering all of these Chinese symbols we can easily identify, these people needs to enhance human life’s value and gain love, luck, strength, relationships and more qualities that fulfill our lives.
"Love is not about possession, it's all about appreciation" - Chinese Proverb