top of page


Hidden Symbols in Chinese Characters


Unions | Chinese characters have diverse origins from pictographs to sounds. However, possibly the most fascinating are symbols that originated from the union of two or more characters, giving us an insight into traditions, thoughts and customs of ancient China. Illustrated below are a few of these intriguing unions. 



More illustrations coming soon.

Character Library​:

Sources, references & inspiration

TED: ShaoLan Hsueh, The Chinese Zodiac Explained

An Introduction to Chinese Characters with Meanings and Pictures

Han Trainer Chinese-English Dictionary

Special thanks to Yin Hang, Peggy Li and Shirley Xu for introducing me to the depth of meaning behind so many Chinese characters.


bottom of page