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  1. White
  2. Swan / White Crane
  3. White Bear / Polar Bear
  4. White Crane
  5. White Dragon
  6. White Swan
  7. White Tiger
  8. White Eagle Style
  9. Planet Venus
10. White Crane Fist
11. Aries
12. Belarus
13. Elisabeth
14. Elizabeth
15. Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity
16. Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,...
17. One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door
18. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice
19. Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu


China bái
Japan shiro

A lot of people search our website for "white." I am not sure the purpose, unless your family name is white.

白 is the universal character for white in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In certain context, outside of the white definition, it can mean snowy, empty, blank, bright, clear, plain, pure, innocence or gratuitous. In Korean, this can be a family name romanized as Paek or Baeg.

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane

白鳥 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

White Bear / Polar Bear

China bái xióng
Japan haguma / shirokuma
White Bear / Polar Bear

This literally means "white bear."

白熊 is a way to say "polar bear" (Ursus maritimus) in Chinese and Japanese.

This can also be the Japanese surname Shirokuma.

White Crane

China bái hè
White Crane

白鶴 means White Crane.

This title directly means "White Crane" in Chinese but in English, this particular crane is referred to as the "red-crowned crane" or "Grus Japonensis." This crane is mostly white with a red bill (crown).

White Dragon

China bái lóng
White Dragon

白龍 is a sophisticated or scholarly way to say, "White Dragon." 白龍 is the title you'd expect in ancient Chinese literature.

The first character means white, pure, or bright.

The second character means dragon.

The White Dragon represents a king who is virtuous and pure.

White Swan

China bái hú
Japan byaku koku
White Swan

白鵠 is the Chinese title for white swan.

It literally has the same meaning in Japanese but is used more often as the female given name, Akiko in Japan.

White Tiger

China bái hǔ
Japan byakko / hakko
White Tiger

白虎 is the title "White Tiger" in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

In Chinese folklore, the White Tiger rules or represents the seven mansions (constellations) of the west sky. However, in modern Chinese, a "white tiger" is also slang for hairless female genitalia (be careful about this, as Chinese men might secretly laugh or snicker when they see your white tiger wall scroll).

In Japanese folklore, the White Tiger is a god said to rule over the western heavens. They also know of the Chinese seven mansions of the western heavens. In Japanese, this can also be the given name Byakko.

White Eagle Style

Bai Ying Pai
China bái yīng pài
White Eagle Style

白鷹派 is the title "Bai Ying Pai" or "White Eagle School."

The first character means white.
The second means eagle, falcon, and/or hawk.
The third means school (as in the school or style of martial arts).

Planet Venus

China tài bái xīng
Japan taihakusei
Planet Venus

太白星 is the specific title for planet Venus in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

White Crane Fist

China bái hè
White Crane Fist

白鶴拳 is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts. 白鶴拳 is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane."

Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

(Alternate / Chinese)
China bái yáng zuò
Aries Zodiac Symbol / Sign

白羊座 is an alternate Chinese way to write Aries (ram) of western astrology. I don't believe it is used at all in Japanese, so the other version is probably better or at least more universal.

See Also:  Chinese Zodiac


China bái é luó sī

白俄羅斯 is the Chinese name for the country of Belarus or Byelorussia. The meaning is roughly, "White Russia."


China yī lí shā bái

伊麗莎白 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Elisabeth


China yī lí shā bái

伊麗莎白 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Elizabeth

Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity

China bù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity

This Chinese proverb means, "Without anger or worry, you will have a long life, until after all your hair is white."

It more literally reads, "Don't get angry or worried [and you will] live [long] till [all your] hair [becomes] white."

Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red,
Gold Turns a Heart Black

China bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, / Gold Turns a Heart Black

Literally this says: [Just as] white liquor makes people's faces turn red, [So] yellow gold makes people's hearts turn black.

This is a warning about the nature of greed. The suggestion is that one who lusts for gold and riches, will eventually have a black heart (or become a heartless greedy bastard). As a wall scroll, this is a reminder and warning to keep yourself from following the greedy path.

One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door

China bái tiān bù zuò kuī xīn shì yè bàn qiāo mén bù chī jīng
One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door

This literally translates as: [If one does] not do bad things in the daytime, one need not be alarmed at knocks on the door in the middle of the night.

The meaning is something like, "A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder." Basically, the message is, "don't commit crimes and you won't be jumpy every time the doorbell rings (so don't do anything wrong and your life will have fewer worries and you can sleep at night)".

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
China bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works."

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.

Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China's economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

China yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty. It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English, or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in it's original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds peoples homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and "take it all in" as you travel through life.
The poet's name is "Du Mu" in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, "Mountain Travels" is: 山行
You can have the title, poet's name, and even Tang Dynasty written as an inscription on your custom wall scroll if you like.

More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city of central China and former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25, and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic, and often depicted every day life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils and troubles of love and beer drinking.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin bái / bai2
Taiwan pai
Japanese haku / はく    shiro / しろ    shira / しら
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese white; snowy; pure; bright; empty; blank; plain; clear; to make clear; in vain; gratuitous; free of charge; reactionary; anti-communist; funeral; to stare coldly; to write wrong character; to state; to explain; vernacular; spoken lines in opera; surname Bai
Japanese (1) white; (2) (See 鯔・ぼら・1) striped mullet fry (Mugil cephalus); (3) (See せりふ) speech; one's lines; (4) (abbreviation) (archaism) (See 白人) white person; Caucasian; (n-pref,n-suf,n) (5) (abbreviation) (obscure) (See ベルギー) Belgium; (1) (See 黒・1) white; (2) innocence; innocent person; (3) blank space; (4) white go stone; (5) {mahj} (also read はく) white dragon tile; (6) {food} skewered grilled pig intestine; (prefix) (1) white; (2) unseasoned; undyed; unaltered; (3) very much; precisely; (4) (See しらばくれる) playing dumb; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) unfeigned; honest; diligent; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Mashiro; (surname) Peku; (surname) Beku; (surname) Pai; (surname) Bai; (surname, female given name) Haku; (surname) Tsukumo; (surname) Shiroyanagi; (surname) Shirotsuru; (given name) Shiroshi; (surname) Shirayanagi; (surname) Shirayagi; (surname) Shirahama; (surname) Shirazaki; (surname) Shirasaki; (personal name) Shirai; (personal name) Shira
White, pure, clear; make clear, inform.


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Mandarin bái xióng / bai2 xiong2
Taiwan pai hsiung
Japanese haguma / はぐま    shirokuma;shirokuma / しろくま;シロクマ
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese polar bear; white bear
Japanese yak tail hair; (See 北極熊) polar bear (Ursus maritimus); (surname) Shirokuma; (surname) Shirakuma


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Mandarin bái hǔ / bai2 hu3
Taiwan pai hu
Japanese byakko;hakko / びゃっこ;はっこ
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese White Tiger (the seven mansions of the west sky); (slang) hairless female genitalia
Japanese (1) (See 四神) White Tiger (god said to rule over the western heavens); (2) {astron} (See 二十八宿) seven mansions (Chinese constellations) of the western heavens; (given name) Byakko


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Japanese hakuchou(p);shirotori;shiratori;hakuchou / hakucho(p);shirotori;shiratori;hakucho / はくちょう(P);しろとり;しらとり;ハクチョウ
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Japanese (1) swan (Cygnus spp.); (2) white-feathered bird; (place-name, surname) Hakuchou; (female given name) Suwan; (place-name, surname) Shirotori; (surname) Shiradori; (p,s,f) Shiratori



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Mandarin bái hú / bai2 hu2
Taiwan pai hu
Japanese akiko / あきこ
Chinese (white) swan
Japanese (female given name) Akiko
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin bái hè / bai2 he4
Taiwan pai ho
Japanese hakutsuru / はくつる    shiratsuru / しらつる
Chinese (bird species of China) Siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus)
Japanese (c) Hakutsuru (brand of sake); (surname) Shiratsuru


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Mandarin tài bái xīng / tai4 bai2 xing1
Taiwan t`ai pai hsing / tai pai hsing
Japanese taihakusei / taihakuse / たいはくせい
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese Venus (planet)
Japanese (See 金星・きんせい) Venus (planet)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin bái yáng zuò / bai2 yang2 zuo4
Taiwan pai yang tso
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu
Chinese Aries (constellation and sign of the zodiac)


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Mandarin bái hè quán / bai2 he4 quan2
Taiwan pai ho ch`üan / pai ho chüan
Chinese Baihequan (Fujian White Crane) martial art form



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Mandarin yī lì shā bái / yi1 li4 sha1 bai2
Taiwan i li sha pai
Chinese Elizabeth (person name)


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Mandarin bái é luó sī / bai2 e2 luo2 si1
Taiwan pai o lo ssu
Chinese Belarus


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Japanese ippaku / いっぱく Japanese (1) (See 九星) first of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Mercury and north); (2) white patch on one foot of a horse; horse with such a patch; (3) surface (landscape) that is white all over; pure white; (given name) Kazushiro; (place-name) Ippaku


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Japanese jouhaku / johaku / じょうはく Japanese first-class rice


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Mandarin rǔ bái / ru3 bai2
Taiwan ju pai
Japanese nyuuhaku / nyuhaku / にゅうはく
Chinese milky white; cream color
Japanese milky white; lactescent


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Japanese yohaku / よはく Japanese blank space; margin; (given name) Yohaku


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Japanese bouhaku / bohaku / ぼうはく Japanese (theatrical) aside


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Mandarin guāng bái / guang1 bai2
Taiwan kuang pai
Japanese mishiro / みしろ
Japanese (female given name) Mishiro
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese happaku / はっぱく Japanese (See 九星) eighth of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Saturn and north-east)


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Japanese roppaku / ろっぱく Japanese (See 九星) sixth of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Venus and north-west); (place-name) Rokubaku


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Mandarin pōu bái / pou1 bai2
Taiwan p`ou pai / pou pai
Chinese to explain oneself


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Mandarin bàn bái / ban4 bai2
Taiwan pan pai
Japanese hanpaku / はんぱく
Chinese fifty (years of age)
Japanese (1) grayish color; greyish colour; (2) grizzled hair; (place-name) Hanpaku


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Mandarin bó bái / bo2 bai2
Taiwan po pai
Chinese Bobai county in Yulin 玉林[Yu4 lin2], Guangxi


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Japanese ranpaku / らんぱく Japanese white of an egg; albumen


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Mandarin fǎn bái / fan3 bai2
Taiwan fan pai
Chinese reverse type (white on black); reversed-out (graphics); highlighting (of selected text on a computer screen)


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Mandarin kǒu bái / kou3 bai2
Taiwan k`ou pai / kou pai
Chinese narrator; spoken parts in an opera


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Mandarin gào bái / gao4 bai2
Taiwan kao pai
Japanese kokuhaku / こくはく
Chinese to announce publicly; to explain oneself; to reveal one's feelings; to confess; to declare one's love
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) confession; acknowledgement; acknowledgment; (2) profession of love; (3) confession of sins (e.g. the confessional)



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Mandarin qǐ bái / qi3 bai2
Taiwan ch`i pai / chi pai
Japanese keibyaku
idem 表 To inform, make clear, especially to inform the Buddhas; opening statement


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Mandarin tǎn bái / tan3 bai2
Taiwan t`an pai / tan pai
Chinese honest; forthcoming; to confess


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Japanese zouhaku / zohaku / ぞうはく Japanese (noun/participle) {chem} brightening


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Japanese taihaku / たいはく Japanese large cup; (place-name) Daihaku; (surname) Ooshiro

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Whiteshirobái / bai2 / baipai
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
White Bear
Polar Bear
白熊haguma / shirokumabái xióng
bai2 xiong2
bai xiong
pai hsiung
White Crane白鶴
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihepai ho / paiho
White Dragon白龍
bái lóng / bai2 long2 / bai long / bailongpai lung / pailung
White Swan白鵠
byaku koku / byakukokubái hú / bai2 hu2 / bai hu / baihupai hu / paihu
White Tiger白虎byakko / hakko
byako / hako
bái hǔ / bai2 hu3 / bai hu / baihupai hu / paihu
White Eagle Style白鷹派
bái yīng pài
bai2 ying1 pai4
bai ying pai
pai ying p`ai
pai ying pai
Planet Venus太白星taihakuseitài bái xīng
tai4 bai2 xing1
tai bai xing
t`ai pai hsing
tai pai hsing
White Crane Fist白鶴拳
bái hè
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
pai ho ch`üan
pai ho chüan
Aries Zodiac Symbol
白羊座bái yáng zuò
bai2 yang2 zuo4
bai yang zuo
pai yang tso
bái é luó sī
bai2 e2 luo2 si1
bai e luo si
pai o lo ssu
yī lí shā bái
yi1 li2 sha1 bai2
yi li sha bai
i li sha pai
yī lí shā bái
yi1 li2 sha1 bai2
yi li sha bai
i li sha pai
Freedom from Anger and Worry Yields Longevity不氣不愁活到白頭
bù qì bù chóu huó dào bái tóu
bu4 qi4 bu4 chou2 huo2 dao4 bai2 tou2
bu qi bu chou huo dao bai tou
pu ch`i pu ch`ou huo tao pai t`ou
pu chi pu chou huo tao pai tou
Just as Liquor Turns a Face Red, Gold Turns a Heart Black白酒紅人面黃金黑世心
bái jiǔ hóng rén miàn huáng jīn hēi shì xīn
bai2 jiu3 hong2 ren2 mian4 huang2 jin1 hei1 shi4 xin1
bai jiu hong ren mian huang jin hei shi xin
pai chiu hung jen mien huang chin hei shih hsin
One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door白天不做虧心事夜半敲門不吃驚
bái tiān bù zuò kuī xīn shì yè bàn qiāo mén bù chī jīng
bai2 tian1 bu4 zuo4 kui1 xin1 shi4 ye4 ban4 qiao1 men2 bu4 chi1 jing1
bai tian bu zuo kui xin shi ye ban qiao men bu chi jing
pai t`ien pu tso k`uei hsin shih yeh pan ch`iao men pu ch`ih ching
pai tien pu tso kuei hsin shih yeh pan chiao men pu chih ching
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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