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Jasmine Flower of China

If you ask what the national flower of China is, many people might think about the peony, a fist-sized flower with dazzlingly colorful petals and strong aroma that is favored by the royal family and aristocrats in the court. However, the flower that really touches the heart of the Chinese people is jasmine because of its intoxicating perfume and its association with feminine sweetness and beauty. Jasmine also symbolizes purity, happiness and elegance.

Girls in Southern China like to wear jasmine bangles or a jasmine hairpin when attending their evening parties and they toss jasmine bouquets with green shrubs at weddings. According to Chinese traditional medicine, Jasmine has anti-spasmodic properties, so it is commonly used in prescriptions and as aromatherapy to calm the nerves, soothe tension and mitigate headaches.
Jasmine is also consumed in China to make a special tea called jasmine-flower tea (茉莉花茶; pinyin: mò lì huā chá). Flowers and tea leaves are “mated” in a teapot that regulates temperature and humidity. It takes four hours or so for the fragrance of the jasmine blossoms to sink in and the tinge of scented bitterness to finally mingle with the tea. It gives one a sense of peace and tranquility just to smell the aroma of the tea before drinking it and the tea tastes really good. Jasmine tea helps lower cholesterol levels and maintain the interior balance of the human body. With so many fine attributes, it’s no wonder the jasmine flower is highly praised in the Chinese culture. Many poems and ballads are dedicated to it. The jasmine flower might be the most ideal token of beauty to most Chinese people. Though it is not flamboyantly attractive at the first sight, it has an enduring and soothing appeal that lingers for a long time.
Chinese folk song: Jasmine Flower
What a beautiful jasmine flower
What a beautiful jasmine flower
Sweet-smelling, beautiful, stems full of buds
Fragrant and white, everyone praises
Let me pluck you down
Give to someone
Jasmine flower, oh jasmine flower

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