Chinese plum blossom paintings
- Source: Global Times
- [15:11 February 15 2011]
The plum blossom is one of the most famous flowers in China and one of the most popular subjects in Chinese paintings. It is a noble flower that braves the cold.
The plum has five petals symbolizing five auspicious nesses. The plum flower, pine tree, bamboo, and chrysanthemum form the "four plants of virtue". Together bamboo and plum trees represent man and wife. Plum, pine trees, and bamboo together are known as the "Friends in Winter".