Poetic beauty: 10 most significant flowers in China

By Li Hongrui | chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-03-01 10:13

Poetic beauty: 10 most significant flowers in China

Chrysanthemum and Chinese ink paintings of the flower. [Photo/VCG; artron.net]


This flower is often associated with famous poet Tao Yuanming from the Eastern Jin Dynasty (AD 317-420). In his poem Drinking Wine, Tao wrote: "While picking up chrysanthemums beneath the eastern fence, my gaze was leisurely upon the southern mountains". The piece became one of the most well-known poems, picturing a peaceful and satisfying life dreamed of by many people.

Tao was a recluse who enjoyed the beauty of nature and a simple life. The chrysanthemums he referenced came to symbolize humility, rather than seeking fame and wealth.

With its unsophisticated beauty, chrysanthemum is also a symbol of longevity in Chinese myths and literature.

According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, chrysanthemum tea can relieve internal heat and fever. That's why people often drink the tea after having too much spicy and baked food. Pillows made of dried chrysanthemum are also good for people's eyes.

Click here to listen to Jay Zhou's song about chrysanthemum: Ju Hua Tai

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