Chinese Wealth Symbol cai2 --

becoming rich and wealthy!


Get rich and accumulate material things -- that's what the Chinese wealth symbol cai means.

cai comes from a thriving business, trade or good harvest.

The Chinese view cai as necessary for happiness.

Chinese business people surround themselves with objects that are symbols of wealth. They hope these auspicious objects will "help" their businesses run smoothly and make good profits.

The Chinese wealth symbol is well represented by gold fish.

jing1 yu2 "gold fish" is the ultimate symbol of wealth and abundance, as jing literally means “gold” and yu sounds like abundance.

As such, business people love to place a bowl of gold fish in their offices or homes as a wealth symbol.

This is a picture of a child holding an oversized gold fish and a lotus leaf. It's a common Chinese New Year motif that means "successive years of abundance" This is because the word for "lotus" lian is pronounced the same as the word for "continuous".


Since ancient times the expression zhao1 cai2 jing4 bao3 "bring wealth and treasures" is displayed as panels and motifs on walls to attract good business

bao3 refers to yuan2 bao3 a shoe shaped ingot made of gold or silver that’s used as money in old China.

This picture is call da4 fu2 da4 li4 which means "big fortune and big profits".

The oversized boy in the picture is the famous mud boy from Hui Shan, Wu Xi, called Da (Big) Ah Fu (Good Fortune). In Chinese folk legends this cheeky and smiling boy wearing a belly band brings peace and luck.

Notice the gold ingots in his lap radiating with golden light. An auspicious sign indeed!

Here are other manifestations of the Chinese wealth symbol cai

Coins (qian2)

The Number eight (ba = fa1, to prosper)

God of Wealth (cai2 shen2)

Tangerine (ju2)

Gold and Silver ingots (yuan2 bao3)

Dumplings (jiao3 zi)

Red packet (ya1 shui4 qian2)

God Liu Hai

Fa1 cai4 plant

Beckoning Cat (zhao1 cai2 mao1)

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