The symbolism of plants in the context of Hong Kong

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As an integral part of our landscape, plants play important functional and aesthetic roles in our everyday life. Plants that appear in our landscape are reflective of the climatic and cultural contexts of where we live, in other words, our identity of place. In the context of Hong Kong, we encounter symbolic imageries of plants from both Eastern and Western contexts. Through a selection of plant symbols and by looking specifically at the ways they are depicted in works of Chinese literature, the worldviews expressed through such metaphorical associations are described. In so doing, this paper attempts to explore how these plant symbols may be interpreted in a contemporary context.

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園林 Yuanlin

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