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Happy Chinese New Year

(This Chinese New Year greeting came via raffiaflower, and I took the liberty in sharing it.  DeWang)

Various ways of writing '爱' - photo by raffiaflower at Huang Shan (黄山)


Hi, there!

Every language has a word for love. But Chinese is probably the only language that has so many possible written variations of the emotion. This has been the way, even since before Qinshihuangdi unified China and imposed standardized measures, including the universal script. Yet the writing variations of the old kingdoms are still known today. In a park on the way to Huangshan (one of the five sacred mountains) I came across this stone tablet, with at least 50 versions of the word `love’ 爱! (picture attached) Sure beats Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s: How do I love thee!

What better way to offer Chinese New Year greetings but with plenty of love, in all its written expressions.

With love, comes happiness, peace, good fortune and health!

爱爱爱爱爱爱爱!恭喜发财!

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  1. Charles Liu
    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:55 | #1

    There are 99 different script styles illustrated. The original photo which is quite large, you can see description of each script.

  2. January 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 | #2

    If you want to watch a New Year’s Show – here is one!

    http://show.aikantube.com/tv/28/20120122

    Happy New Year!

    
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  3. January 23rd, 2012 at 22:44 | #3

    Don’t want people to miss this:

    Famed American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year!

    http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/23/10216476-buffett-serenades-chinese-in-new-years-tribute

  4. January 23rd, 2012 at 23:17 | #4

    Ha ha. The kid song gives you the feeling much like what’s taking place in China right now – everyone’s humming and chugging now that they are finally moving out of the farms.

  5. January 23rd, 2012 at 23:41 | #5

    And here are some picts of Pres. Hu mingling with people over New Years.

    http://english.people.com.cn/90785/7711936.html

  6. January 24th, 2012 at 10:38 | #7

    One of my favorite performances from the celebration was this Erhu duo:
    http://youtu.be/_O6xtPCDVU4?t=1h5m

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