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  1. Good Luck
  2. Lucky / Auspicious
  3. Good Luck / Good Fortune
  4. Opportunity / Good Luck
  5. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
  6. House of Good Fortune

Good Luck

China xìng yùn
Japan kou un
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Good <mark>Luck</mark>

This can be translated as "good luck", "fortunate", "lucky" and/or "good fortune" in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Occasionally, this is also translated as a type of happiness or a short way to write serendipity.

Lucky / Auspicious

Japan kichi
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<mark>Luck</mark>y / Auspicious

A simple way to express the state of being lucky. Also used in conversation to hope that all is well with someone. This is more often seen as part of a compound word with a lucky association (especially in Korean).

Not as often used in Japanese, but still means "good luck" but can also mean "joy" in Japanese.

Good Luck / Good Fortune

Japan fuku
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Good <mark>Luck</mark> / Good Fortune

This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.

The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).

One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.

This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment.

Opportunity / Good Luck

China jī yù
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Opportunity / Good <mark>Luck</mark>

This is the kind of opportunity that comes via good luck or good fortune.

This word is sometimes translated as "stroke of good luck".

While there are other ways to express "opportunity", I think this version is best for a calligraphy wall scroll or portrait.

Note: In Korean Hanja, this would also mean "Meeting someone under strange circumstances".

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

China lóng fèng chéng xiáng
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Dragon and Phoenix Brings <mark>Luck</mark>

This is often seen at weddings and other celebrations in China. It suggests that he dragon and phoenix will bring you auspicious tidings.

The first character is dragon.
The second is phoenix.
The third is presents or brings.
And the last means auspicious, propitious, or luck.

House of Good Fortune

China fú zhái
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House of Good Fortune

Perhaps the Chinese equivalent of "This blessed house" or perhaps "home sweet home". This phrase literally means "Good fortune house" or "Good luck household". It makes any Chinese person who sees it feel that good things happen in the home in which this calligraphy is hung.

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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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Good Luck幸运
kou un
ko un
xìng yùn
xing yun
hsing yün
xing4 yun4
Lucky / Auspicious
Good Luck / Good Fortune
Opportunity / Good Luck机遇
n/ajī yù
ji yu
chi yü
ji1 yu4
Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck 龙凤呈祥
n/alóng fèng chéng xiáng
long feng cheng xiang
lung feng ch`eng hsiang
long2 feng4 cheng2 xiang2
lung feng cheng hsiang
House of Good Fortune福宅
n/afú zhái
fu zhai
fu chai
fu2 zhai2

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