Orchids have been a favorite amongst Chinese scholars since ancient times, and their beauty and timeless qualities have inspired many paintings and poems. Together with the bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum tree, they are known as the “Four Noble Ones” and are used to depict the unfolding of seasons and are regarded as the embodiment of traditional Chinese virtues.
The orchid epitomizes the qualities of a cultured gentleman. He is humble and refined, noble and righteous – a man who will never compromise on his integrity and morals for worldly pursuits and gains.
“空谷幽兰” (Kong Gu You Lan) is a Chinese idiom which depicts “an orchid that grows in a hollow valley”. In the midst of a barren and deserted land springs forth orchids blooming in the most vibrant hues of purple and pink. With its exquisite frame swaying slightly in the wind, the orchid is a symbol of perfection and elegance.
The gentle breeze ferries the delicate scent of the orchid across the plain and refreshes the parched air. Even from a distance away, the fragrance of the orchid still lingers on.