Chinese cabbage 白菜:Chinese cabbage is named “BAI CAI” in Chinese. BAI CAI has the similar sound with BAI CAI which means numerous wealth. The locust on the cabbage means continuous reproduction in an endless succession. Chinese people place a Chinese cabbage in their houses to bring good luck and huge wealth.
Jin Chan 金蟾:
The Jin Chan in Chinese: 金蟾; pinyin: jīn chán; means “Money Toad” or “Money Frog”. It represents a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity. According to Feng Shui beliefs, Jin Chan helps attract and protect wealth, and guards against bad luck because it symbolizes the flow of money. It is said that this creature will appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news. Perhaps the most interesting aspect about the The Jin Chan is their association with bad luck in finances it symbolizes protection and turning bad luck that causes money problems into good luck. The money frog is believed to help people end troubling bills, poor financial habits like overspending, and difficulty attracting money. According to one Chinese legend, the Jin Chan was the greedy wife of one of the Eight Immortals, who was transformed into a toad as punishment for stealing the Elixir of Immortality. The Jin Chu is usually represented as a bullfrog with red eyes, flared nostrils and only one hind leg (for a total of three legs), sitting on a pile of traditional Chinese cash, with a coin in its mouth.
Chicken Feet 凤爪:
Eating chicken feet may sounds gross to most of us, but it is a delicacy in China. Some say the reason that people eat chicken feet was not to waste any edible parts of the chicken, while other says chicken feet are good for health. Research by the Department of Animal Science of National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan had shown that chicken feet contained a lot of collagen. This is the protein for younger looking skin and also benefits the heart and can even improve athletic performance. So now you know, eating chicken feet will not only save all the edible parts of the chicken, but will also make you look younger.
Fortune Cats (Maneki Neko) 招财猫:
If you’ve ever visited a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, Asian supermarket, or any Chinatown shop for that matter, you’ve probably noticed a little cat figure placed near by the cash register.
This Fortune Cat is a lucky charm that’s very popular in Japanese and Chinese cultures. It’s a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners.
Maitreya Buddha 弥勒佛:
Maitreya’s name is derived from the Sanskrit ‘maitri’ meaning ‘universal loving-kindness’. Maitreya is typically pictured seated, with either both feet on the ground or crossed at the ankles, on a throne, waiting for his time. He is dressed in the clothes of either a Bhiksu or Indian royalty.