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  1. Beautiful
  2. Beauty / Beautiful / Handsome
  3. Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony
  4. Beautiful Soul
  5. Beautiful Virtue
  6. Beautiful Girl
  7. Beautiful Woman
  8. The Good Life / Beautiful Life
  9. Beautiful Sight
10. Strong and Beautiful
11. Beauty / Beautiful Princess
12. Beautiful Princess
13. Beautiful Clear Sky
14. Elegant / Exquisite / Grace
15. Eternal Beauty
16. Princess
17. Inner Beauty...
18. Beauty: The art of makeup / cosmetics
19. You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes
20. Beauty of Nature
21. Beauty Salon
22. Beauty Shop / Beauty Salon
23. Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit
24. Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom


Beautiful

China měi lí
Japan birei
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This is a two-character word used often in Chinese, old Korean, and ancient Japanese to express beauty.

I've had a few requests for a "two-character beautiful" and this is by far the best word. This is not a common word for an Asian person to want on a wall scroll. However, you will see it commonly used as an adjective in phrases, stories, and titles throughout magazines and signage in China.

This word can also be translated as gorgeous or lovely.

Note: This word is not common in modern Japan.

Beauty / Beautiful / Handsome

China měi
Japan bi
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This word is often used to describe the beauty of a woman. However, when applied to a man, it can mean handsome. It's also the first character in the word for "beauty salon" which you will see all over China and Japan.

This can be used as the given name for a girl (spell it or say it as "Mei" or "May").

For a bit of trivia: The title for the "USA" in Chinese is "Mei Guo" which literally means "Beautiful Country". This name was bestowed at a time before Chairman Mao came to power and decided that China didn't like the USA anymore (even though we fought together against the Japanese in WWII). But these days, Chinese people love Americans (but have distaste for American politics and policy). But I digress...

This is also how "Beautiful" is written in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja. This character can also mean: very satisfactory; good; to be pleased with oneself; abbreviation for the USA; fine; handsome; admirable; madhura; sweet; pleasant.

Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony

China hé měi
Japan wa mi
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These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony". The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life".

The first character means peace and harmony.

The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).


Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami". This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.

Beautiful Soul

China měi lì de líng hún
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This means, "Beautiful Soul" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean beautiful, beauty, or gorgeous.
The middle character connects the ideas (a possessive article).
The last two characters mean soul or spirit.

Beautiful Virtue

China měi dé
Japan bitoku
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This word written in Chinese or Korean Hanja can also mean "grace of character" or "noble virtue".


徳There is a slight variation in the modern Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people (it's the ancient Japanese form anyway).

Beautiful Girl

China měi lì de gū niang
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This is the best way to express "beautiful girl" in Chinese.


See Also...   Beauty

Beautiful Woman

China měi lì de nǚ rén
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This is the best and most polite way to express "beautiful woman" in Chinese.

Note: Some people may like the simple 2-character 美女 way to express this, but there are some bad connotations with that, so better to stay with this longer and more respectful title.


See Also...   Beauty

The Good Life / Beautiful Life

China měi hǎo de shēng huó
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In Chinese, this means "Beautiful Life", or "The Good Life".

Beautiful Sight

China měi jǐng
Japan bi kei
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This can be translated as beautiful view, beautiful scenery, or beautiful sight.

Note: Not a commonly-used word in modern Japanese.

Strong and Beautiful

China jiàn měi
Japan takemi
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We don't really have a word like this in English, but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful". It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful".

Note: This is a word in Chinese and Korean, but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese, but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.

Beauty / Beautiful Princess

China yuàn
Japan hime
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This means, a beauty; beautiful (woman); princess; young lady of noble birth; girl; small & lovely.

This is used a bit more commonly in Chinese than Japanese.


Note: This can be the female given name "Hime" in Japanese.

Beautiful Princess

China měi lì de gōng zhǔ
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This is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese. The first two characters mean feminine beauty, or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.


See Also...  Queen

Beautiful Clear Sky

Japan nihonbare
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This Japanese Kanji title means beautiful weather, clear and cloudless sky, or clear weather. It's a little odd, but if you literally-translated this phrase, it says, "Japanese weather", as if that was an indication of perfect weather (maybe a little arrogant on behalf of Japan - I've experienced a monsoon there, which was unpleasant).

Elegant / Exquisite / Grace

China měi miào
Japan bimyou
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Beyond elegant and exquisite elegance, this is also the word used to say "beautiful" or "marvelous" when referring to a work of art.

Can also be translated as exquisiteness, gracefulness.

Note: Not a commonly-used word in Japanese.

Eternal Beauty

China yǒng héng de měi
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This is how to write "Eternal Beauty" in Chinese.

Princess

Japan oujo
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This is a Japanese title that means princess.

Inner Beauty
Beauty of Spirit

Japan nai men bi
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This three-character title speaks of beauty on the inside. It's not about outward or physical beauty, but rather the inner beauty possessed by someone. This can also be translated as "beauty of spirit".

Beauty: The art of makeup / cosmetics

China měi róng
Japan biyou
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In Chinese, this is the title for the art of beauty, as applying makeup or cosmetics to enhance beauty.

Note: In Japanese and Korean, this takes the meaning of beautiful face or beauty of figure or form. Be sure you know who your audience is, and have matched the desired meaning.

You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes

China qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī
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Any woman with affection for Asian art and you will love a gift of this Chinese proverb calligraphy on a wall scroll. She will melt in your arms as you tell her the meaning of these characters.

Contained in this phrase is a reference to the most beautiful woman in Chinese history. Her name was Xi Shi, and she was known to have good looks that need not fine robes or make up. Her charms were so powerful that she brought down an entire kingdom (in a successful effort to bring honor and pride back to her people).

This is a great way to express that the woman in your life is your one love.

Beauty of Nature

Ka-Chou-Fuu-Getsu
Japan ka chou fuu getsu
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This is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature".

The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics".

The Kanji each represent an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.

The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")

Beauty Salon

China měi róng yuàn
Japan biyouin
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This means beauty salon, lady's hair parlor, beauty parlor, or hairdressing salon, in Chinese and Japanese.

Beauty Shop / Beauty Salon

China měi róng diàn
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This is how to write "Beauty Shop" or "Beauty Salon". If you own such a business, this would make a nice wall scroll to hang up - and many of your Asian customers will be able to read and appreciate it. When traveling in China, you will see signs like this in the window of any place that offers full services of hair styling, manicures, pedicures, and often shampoo with head and back massage.

However, as a handmade wall scroll, this becomes a very fancy piece of artwork that shows the high class of your business (a great sign for your window, if you don't get direct sunlight).

Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit

China nèi zài měi
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This three-character title speaks of beauty on the inside. It's not about outward or physical beauty, but rather the inner beauty possessed by someone. This can also be translated as "beauty of spirit".

Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom

China nèi xiù
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This is an interesting word in Chinese. It simultaneously means inner beauty and inner wisdom. Some will translate it as "intelligent but unassuming". Basically, it's about having unexpected ability or traits on the inside which are not immediately obvious on the outside.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Autumn
Balance
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Virtue
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessed By Heaven
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Born
Bound
Brotherly Love
Buddhism
Bushido
Butterfly
Caitlyn
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Control
Crane
Darkness
Daughter
Dick
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dream
Earth
Erin
Eternity
Evil
Face
Faye
Fearless
Fish
Flowers
Flying
Forest
Forever
Fortitude
Freedom
Ghost
God Child
God is Always With You
God is Love
Goddess
Gold
Gold Fish
Good Fortune
Grace from Heaven
Great Ambitions
Guan Gong
Guan Yin
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Horse
Humility
Inner Peace
Inner Strength
Integrity
Iris Flower
Jesus
Joseph
Koi Fish
Leopard
Lion
Live for Today
Live in Prosperity
Long Life
Longevity
Luck
Michael
Moon
Pain
Peace
Pearl
People
Personal Fate Or Destiny
Pine
Power
Priscilla
Prosperity
Protect
Qing
Rain and Wind
Roger
Scout
Shorinryu
Spring
Stength
Strength
Suffering
Tess
The Saint
The Way
Tigers
Tree
Victory
Warrior
Water
Way of the Sword
White
Winter
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Beautiful美丽
美麗
bireiměi lí
mei li
mei3 li2
meili
Beauty / Beautiful / Handsome
biměi
mei
mei3
Beautiful Life / Life in Perfect Harmony和美
和美
wa mi
wami
hé měi
he mei
ho mei
he2 mei3
hemei
Beautiful Soul美丽的灵魂
美麗的靈魂
n/aměi lì de líng hún
mei li de ling hun
mei li te ling hun
mei3 li4 de ling2 hun2
meilidelinghun
Beautiful Virtue美德 / 美徳
美德
bitokuměi dé
mei de
mei te
mei3 de2
meide
Beautiful Girl美丽的姑娘
美麗的姑娘
n/aměi lì de gū niang
mei li de gu niang
mei li te ku niang
mei3 li4 de gu1 niang
meilideguniang
Beautiful Woman美丽的女人
美麗的女人
n/aměi lì de nǚ rén
mei li de nv ren
mei li te nü jen
mei3 li4 de nv3 ren2
meilidenvren
The Good Life / Beautiful Life美好的生活
美好的生活
n/aměi hǎo de shēng huó
mei hao de sheng huo
mei hao te sheng huo
mei3 hao3 de sheng1 huo2
meihaodeshenghuo
Beautiful Sight美景
美景
bi kei
bikei
měi jǐng
mei jing
mei ching
mei3 jing3
meijing
Strong and Beautiful健美
健美
takemijiàn měi
jian mei
chien mei
jian4 mei3
jianmei
Beauty / Beautiful Princess
himeyuàn
yuan
yüan
yuan4
Beautiful Princess美丽的公主
美麗的公主
n/aměi lì de gōng zhǔ
mei li de gong zhu
mei li te kung chu
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
meilidegongzhu
Beautiful Clear Sky日本晴
日本晴
nihonbaren/a
Elegant / Exquisite / Grace美妙
美妙
bimyou
bimyo
měi miào
mei miao
mei3 miao4
meimiao
Eternal Beauty永恒的美
永恆的美
n/ayǒng héng de měi
yong heng de mei
yung heng te mei
yong3 heng2 de mei3
yonghengdemei
Princess王女
王女
oujo
ojo
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Inner Beauty
Beauty of Spirit
内面美
内面美
nai men bi
naimenbi
n/a
Beauty: The art of makeup / cosmetics美容
美容
biyou
biyo
měi róng
mei rong
mei jung
mei3 rong2
meirong
You are always a beauty in your lover's eyes情人眼里出西施
情人眼裡出西施
n/aqíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī
qing ren yan li chu xi shi
ch`ing jen yen li ch`u hsi shih
qing2 ren2 yan3 li3 chu1 xi1 shi1
qingrenyanlichuxishi
chingjenyenlichuhsishih
ching jen yen li chu hsi shih
Beauty of Nature花鳥風月
花鳥風月
ka chou fuu getsu
kachoufuugetsu
ka cho fu getsu
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Beauty Salon美容院
美容院
biyouin
biyoin
měi róng yuàn
mei rong yuan
mei jung yüan
mei3 rong2 yuan4
meirongyuan
Beauty Shop / Beauty Salon美容店
美容店
n/aměi róng diàn
mei rong dian
mei jung tien
mei3 rong2 dian4
meirongdian
Inner Beauty / Beauty of Spirit内在美
內在美
n/anèi zài měi
nei zai mei
nei tsai mei
nei4 zai4 mei3
neizaimei
Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom内秀
內秀
n/anèi xiù
nei xiu
nei hsiu
nei4 xiu4
neixiu

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "beautiful" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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