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凤凰 Fenghuang

凤凰(Phoenix Red),是中国古代传说中的百鸟之王,和龙一样为汉族的民族图腾。羽毛一般被描述为赤红色,凤凰和麒麟一样,是雌雄统称,雄为凤,雌为凰,其总称为凤凰,因此凤凰一词为合成词结构。凤凰齐飞,是吉祥和谐的象征,是一种代表幸福的灵物。但叫凤凰的时候均代表女性。

 

Fenghuang are mythological birds of East Asia that reign over all other birds. The males are called Feng and the females Huang. In modern times, however, such a distinction of gender is often no longer made and the Feng and Huang are blurred into a single feminine entity so that the bird can be paired with the Chinese dragon, which has male connotations.

The Fenghuang is also called the "August Rooster" since it sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. In the West, it is commonly referred to as the Chinese phoenix or simply Phoenix. Fenghuang Ancient City is an ancient community in Hunan Province.

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Taken on July 23, 2011