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  1. Crane

  2. White Crane

  3. Swan / White Crane

  4. White Crane Fist

  5. Construction Crane

  6. Wu Xing Fist

  7. Jin Ji Du Li


Crane

Graceful bird of longevity
gaku / tsuru
Crane Scroll

鶴 is a famous bird of China.

Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: 鶴 can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

White Crane

bái hè
White Crane Scroll

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).

Swan / White Crane

hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane Scroll

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 Crane Fist

bái hè quán
White Crane Fist Scroll

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".

Construction Crane

qǐ zhòng jī
kijuuki
Construction Crane Scroll

This refers to the huge machine that lifts materials high into the air as crews construct huge buildings.

A customer requested this specifically after a bit of confusion over the bird by the same name.

In an odd twist, while they don't know this name in English sounds like a bird, the building crane is jokingly called "The real national bird of China" because of the accelerated level of construction in Beijing and elsewhere ever since preparations began for the 2008 Olympics. As of 2018, construction has barely slowed.

If you want the type of construction crane that drives down the road, please note that the word is totally different for that kind of "vehicle crane".

Wu Xing Fist

Five Forms Fist of Kung Fu
wǔ xíng quán
gokeiken
Wu Xing Fist Scroll

五形拳 is "Wu Xing Fist" or "Five Form Fist".

The forms refer to Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, and Leopard.

This term is used in Kung Fu, and is recognized by both Chinese and Japanese practitioners of martial arts.

Jin Ji Du Li

jīn jī dú lì
kin kei doku ritsu
Jin Ji Du Li Scroll

"Jin Ji Du Li", means "golden rooster stands on one leg".

This also called "crane stance" in English. 金雞獨立 is used in wushu, karate and other forms of martial arts.

This can be pronounced, "kinkei dokuritsu" in Japanese but it's rarely a title used in Japanese.




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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
Crane
gaku / tsuruhè / he4 / heho
White Crane白鶴
白鹤
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihepai ho / paiho
Swan
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
White Crane Fist白鶴拳
白鹤拳
bái hè quán
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
baihequan
pai ho ch`üan
paihochüan
pai ho chüan
Construction Crane起重機
起重机
kijuuki / kijukiqǐ zhòng jī
qi3 zhong4 ji1
qi zhong ji
qizhongji
ch`i chung chi
chichungchi
chi chung chi
Wu Xing Fist五形拳gokeikenwǔ xíng quán
wu3 xing2 quan2
wu xing quan
wuxingquan
wu hsing ch`üan
wuhsingchüan
wu hsing chüan
Jin Ji Du Li金雞獨立
金鸡独立
kin kei doku ritsu
kinkeidokuritsu
jīn jī dú lì
jin1 ji1 du2 li4
jin ji du li
jinjiduli
chin chi tu li
chinchituli
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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