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  • Gordon Dumoulin

An early blossom, rushing for spring....

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ this year at the Wuhan University. The campus is considered one of the most beautiful sites for cherry blossoms in China, usually in full bloom mid-March. But this year the trees already started to blossom last weekend, not being able to wait for a new spring ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ is not the first blossom in China though. Plum blossom starts late January, early February in central China, and even early January in southern parts.

๐—ฃ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ (ๆข…่Šฑ, Mei hua) is one of the most beloved flowers in China and has been frequently depicted in Chinese art and poetry since centuries, blooming most vibrantly amidst the winter snow with ethereal elegance. The plum blossom is seen as a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring, expressing ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

The plum blossom is regarded as one of the "๐™๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™’๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง" ( ๅฒๅฏ’ไธ‰ๅ‹), along with pine and bamboo. The flower is also one of the "๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ" (ๅ››ๅ›ๅญ) plants in Chinese art and poetry together with the orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo.

ๅฒๅฏ’ไธ‰ๅ‹ "three friends of winter"

ๅ››ๅ›ๅญ "four gentlemen"


Plum Blossom

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