Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Wooden Characters

Among other calligraphy and scenic paintings in a recent temporary exhibition in Liuzhou Museum were these “found” Chinese characters. They are bits of plant roots – trees, bushes etc. which are thought to resemble characters. The tenuousness of some of these is demonstrated by the the fact that the museum still had to label each one with handwritten signs indicating which characters they were mean to be.

The roots are all traditional Chinese – of course.


Traditional: Simplified: meaning: Dragon

Traditional: 吉祥 Simplified: 吉祥; meaning: Lucky

Traditional: 吉祥 Simplified: 吉祥  Meaning: Lucky


Traditional: 貝江風光 Simplified: 贝江风光 Meaning Beijiang Scenery (The Beijiang is a river is in northern Liuzhou, near Rongshui.


Traditional: 龍馬精神 Simplified: 龙马精神 Meaning: Dragon Horse Vigour Note: The roots are “written” right to left.

Hmmm. It seems like the names for all the “mountains” in Guangxi and elsewhere which are said to resemble this,that or the other. I can seldom see it. Still. it’s interesting and some of them look quite wonderful, even if undecipherable.

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One Response to “Wooden Characters”

  1. David Says:

    …..and no doubt they have medical value also

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