Wetland in the Book of Songs: Flowers

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Mar 21, 2022
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"There is a tree that grows with luxuriant twigs on the high mountain, and the lotus in bloom in the shallow pool."

This description of a lotus from the Book of Ballads in Book of Songs is just one of the numerous mentions of plants and flowers in the Book of Songs.


A lotus in Haizhu Wetland. [Photo/WeChat account: gzhzfb]

Whether it is a tree on a mountain or a lotus in the water, the Book of Songs uses these beautiful images to express the intimacy between lovers. The lotus was a favorite plant of ancient literati and writers. Its noble image was used to create a beautiful and tranquil mood.


Peach blossoms in Haizhu Wetland. [Photo/WeChat account: gzhzfb]

"Luxurious peach trees are as beautiful as a picture, and their blossoms a bright pink. This bride will be married and ready to serve her husband kindly."

This description of peach blossoms in the Book of Ballads of the Book of Songs exemplifies how ancients used peach blossoms as a metaphor for the young beauty of brides. The relationship between young women and peach blossoms continues to resonate today as many young women can be found picking peach blossoms in Haizhu Wetland in the spring.


Hibiscus flowers in Haizhu Wetland. [Photo/WeChat account: gzhzfb]

"A girl is in the carriage with me and her face is like a hibiscus flower. We go outside for a trip and her girdle includes a good gem."

This description of hibiscus flowers in the Book of Ballads in the Book of Songs reflects how writers used the flower as a symbol of eternal vitality as usually after a hibiscus flower opens, other buds will open one after another.

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