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  1. Legendary Phoenix
  2. Phoenix
  3. Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck
  4. Dragon and Phoenix
  5. Phoenix
  6. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
  7. Dragon / Emperor Symbol
  8. Empress

Legendary Phoenix

China fèng huáng
Japan houou
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Legendary <mark>Phoenix</mark>

This is the word that translates as "Legendary Phoenix" in Chinese. This refers to the bird that according to Chinese folklore, rose from the fiery ashes.

The phoenix and dragon are by far the most famous creatures in Chinese mythology.

Phoenix (male)

China fèng
Japan ootori
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<mark>Phoenix</mark> (male)

This is the simplest way to write "Phoenix" in Chinese. Because dragon is usually expressed as a single character, when you see "dragon and phoenix" written in Chinese, you'll often see this single-character version.

Please note, this is also the male element of phoenix, so it also means "male phoenix bird". However some Chinese people may argue that the phoenix has a female characteristic, regardless of which character you use.

Phoenix (female)

China huáng
Japan ou
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<mark>Phoenix</mark> (female)

This is another simple way to write "Phoenix" in Chinese. This is the specifically female element of phoenix, so this is how you write "female phoenix". This character is sometimes used to represent the female empress (many times in history, China was ruled by a woman, in much the same way queens came to power in Europe).

Note that the emperor is always represented as a dragon (not the male version of phoenix).

If you see yourself as a strong woman, this might be scroll for you to express "woman power" or "powerful woman" in a cool way.

Dragon and Phoenix Brings Luck

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

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.

Dragon and Phoenix

China lóng fèng
Japan ryuu hou
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Dragon and <mark>Phoenix</mark>

This is the simplest way to express "Dragon and Phoenix" in Chinese and Japanese.

This title can be used to represent, "The emperor and empress", or a metaphor for an outstanding personage.

It should be noted that this is most often used as a given name "Ryuuhou" in Japanese. It may be read more as the name than by meaning in Japanese.


China fēi ní kè sī
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This is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Phoenix.
It sounds like Phoenix, but does not mean Phoenix.

You may want to carefully consider choosing a scroll that means Phoenix instead, if this is your given name.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

China fèng huáng niè pán
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<mark>Phoenix</mark> Rise from the Ashes

This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

Dragon / Emperor Symbol

China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
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Dragon / Emperor Symbol

This is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.

Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.

We strongly recommend symbol of dragon if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.

See Also...  Emperor | King


China huáng hòu
Japan kou gou
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This is the title of empress or emperess, the female form of emperor. This is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While the emperor's reign was for life, if he died, his wife would hold his power. In this case, a woman was the ultimate ruler of the greater part of East Asia (what is now China) until her death and the succession of the emperor's first born son to lead the empire. Numerous times in various Chinese dynasties, an empress took power in this way.

The first character means emperor by itself.

The second character alone can mean "wife of an emperor or king" (the first character clarifies that we are talking about an empress, and not a queen). It can also mean sovereign or last offspring, depending on context.

Note: In some books, this word is translated as queen. While only incorrect if you get technical (because an empress is theoretically a higher level than a queen), the meaning is very similar.

This is sometimes used for the title of queen, but more technically, this is the wife of the emperor (a higher level than a queen).

See Also...  Emperor | King | Queen

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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
Legendary Phoenix凤凰
fèng huáng
feng huang
feng4 huang2
Phoenix (male)
Phoenix (female)
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
Dragon and Phoenix龙凤
ryuu hou
ryu ho
lóng fèng
long feng
lung feng
long2 feng4
n/afēi ní kè sī
fei ni ke si
fei ni k`o ssu
fei1 ni2 ke4 si1
fei ni ko ssu
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes凤凰涅磐
n/afèng huáng niè pán
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nieh pan
Dragon / Emperor Symbol
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
kou gou
ko go
huáng hòu
huang hou
huang2 hou4

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