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Shopping for flowers and luck
    2013-02-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    THE 32nd Shenzhen Spring Festival Flower Fair on Aiguo Road in Luohu District received its first visitors Tuesday, commencing the annual five-day event.

    Despite the slight increase in the prices of some plants such as kumquat, which is particularly popular among Cantonese, fairgoers couldn’t resist the desire to bring potted plants home, saying they were paying to start the lunar new year in style.

    Placing plants that symbolize good fortune at home as decorations for Lunar New Year has become a custom in certain areas in China, especially among Cantonese communities. Because the flowers and plants sold at the fair either have names that sound auspicious or contain good wishes, buyers believe they bring good luck.

    Blooming flowers and growing fruit are seen as lucky omens by Chinese. If the plant has a name that contains the Chinese character “gold,” “jin [金]” or “luck,” “ji [吉],” such as “jin ju [金桔],” kumquat, which has both, it will sell well.

    As usual, the flower fair will last until 10 p.m. Feb. 9, the Lunar New Year’s Eve. Fairgoers may see activities including dragon-lion dance, and even be able to purchase plants at reduced prices on the last night of the fair. To get to the fair, take the Metro Huanzhong Line to Yijing Station, Exit A or Longgang Line to Cuizhu Station, Exit B. (Tan Yifan)

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