Origins of Chinese Auspicious Symbols

Asiapac Books Pte Ltd
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Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others. Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.
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Asiapac Books Pte Ltd
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9789813170261
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Language
English
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Art / Popular Culture
Education / Multicultural Education
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