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Naming of Zhujiang New Town's Roads: Full of Auspicious Chinese Idioms
Visitors to Zhu Jiang New Town, the CBD of Guangzhou, may be puzzled by the similarity and complexity of many of the road names. Actually, with a little knowledge of some Chinese characters, they can make a lot more sense!

Updated:1345689859Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

Visitors to Zhu Jiang New Town, the CBD of Guangzhou, may be puzzled by the similarity and complexity of many of the road names. For example: Huangpu Dadao, Huacheng Da Dao and Linjiang Da Dao. Actually, with a little knowledge of some Chinese characters, they can make a lot more sense!



All the road names in Zhujiang New Town are composed of three characters – two to denote the road's name and position and the last one meaning "road." Huacheng Square is the axis of the town. On its west the first character of the road names is "Hua (华)" and the roads to the east of the square are called "Xing (兴)." The south and north roads are initiated with "Hai (海)."

The second words of the four roads initiated with "Hua (华)" are Ming Cheng Li Jiu (名成利就), symbolizing winning fame and profit. Those beginning with "Xing (兴)" are Guo Sheng Min An (国盛民安), meaning the nation is flourishing and people feel stable. Those eight roads with "Hai (海)" are An Ju Le Ye (安居乐业), referring to residing and working happily, as well as Qing Feng Ming Yue (清风明月), simply meaning clear wind and bright moon, indicating free to enjoy life in Chinese idiom allegorically.





(By Jessie Huang, Rik Glauert, illustrated by Zhang Chun)

Editor:Jessie Huang
 
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