Description by publisher:
This unique and authoritative guide describes more than 400 important Chinese symbols, explaining their esoteric meanings and connections. Their use and development in Chinese literature and in Chinese customs and attitudes to life are traced lucidly and precisely.
`An ideal reference book to help one learn and explore further, while simultaneously giving greater insight into many other aspects of Chinese life … the most authoritative guide to Chinese symbolism available to the general reader today … a well-researched, informative and entertaining guide to the treasure trove of Chinese symbols.' - South China Morning Post