Chinese tattoo symbols and characters have become a popular form of body modification.

Chinese characters tattoos have been popular for many years thanks to the elegance of the characters.

Chinese characters are exotic and mysterious at the same time, perfect for a tattoo. This kind of tattoos is getting increasingly popular in Western countries.

Following are some idea with pictures and meanings:

Chinese Tattoo Symbols: Emotions & Concepts

Ambition – Zhìxiàng – 志向

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Anger – Fènnù – 愤怒

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Beauty – Měi – 美

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Brave – Yǒng – 勇

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Courage – Yǒngqì – 勇气

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Crisis – Wéijī – 危机

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Death – Sǐwáng – 死亡

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Devotion – Zhōngchéng – 忠诚

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Destiny – Mìngyùn – 命运

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Double Happiness – (双喜) shuāngxǐ – 囍
Chinese symbol for happiness – Double Happiness or Double Happy, is a Chinese traditional ornament design, commonly used as a decoration and symbol of marriage.

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Dream – Mèng – 梦

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Good Luck – Xìngyùn – 幸运

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Energy – Néngyuán – 能源

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Eternity – Yǒnghéng – 永恒

chinese-tattoos-character-ideas-057-Eternity-Female – Nǚ – 女

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Fortune – Fú – 福

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Freedom – Zìyóu – 自由

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Happiness – Xìngfú – 幸福

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Hate – hèn – 恨
chinese symbols for hate

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——- I hate you – Wǒ hèn nǐ – 我恨你

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Health – Jiànkāng – 健康

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Honor – Róngyù – 榮譽
Chinese symbol for honor

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Kind – Rén – 仁

Ren is the Confucian virtue denoting the good feeling a virtuous human experiences when being altruistic. Ren is exemplified by a normal adult’s protective feelings for children. It is considered the outward expression of Confucian ideals. [wikipedia]

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Life – Shēnghuó – 生活

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Longevity – Shòu – 寿
Chinese symbol for longevity

Three of the most important goals in life in Chinese traditional thought are the propitious blessings of happiness (fú 福), professional success or prosperity (lù 禄), and longevity (shòu 寿).

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Hope – Xīwàng – 希望

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Inner Strength – Nèizài lìliàng – 内在力量

inner strenght in chinese

Love – Ài – 爱
chinese symbols for love

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——- I love you – Wǒ ài nǐ – 我爱你

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Loyal – Zhōngchéng – 忠诚

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Male – Nán – 男

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Moral Virtue – Dé – 德

De is a key concept in Chinese philosophy, usually translated “inherent character; inner power; integrity” in Taoism, “moral character; virtue; morality” in Confucianism and other contexts, and “quality; virtue” (guna) or “merit; virtuous deeds” (punya) in Chinese Buddhism. [wikipedia]

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Peace/Harmony – Hépíng – 和平
chinese symbol for peace

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Pride – Zìháo – 自豪

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Prosperity – Lù – 禄

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Respect – Zūnzhòng – 尊重

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Sexy – Yàn – 艷 

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Strength/Power – Lìliàng – 力量

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Strong – Qiáng – 强

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Truth – Zhēnlǐ – 真理

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Warrior – Zhànshì – 战士

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Wisdom – Zhìhuì – 智慧

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Chinese Tattoo Symbols: Popular Chinese Animal Name Tatoos

Dog – Gǒu – 狗

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Elephant – Xiàng – 象

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Fish – Yú – 鱼

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Fox – Húlí – 狐狸

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Goat – yáng – 羊

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Horse – Mǎ – 马

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Lion – 狮子

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Monkey – Hóu – 猴

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Ox – Niú – 牛

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Pig – Zhū – 猪

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Rabbit – Tùzǐ – 兔子

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Rat – Shǔ – 鼠

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Rooster – Gōngjī – 公鸡

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Snake – Shé – 蛇

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Tiger – Lǎohǔ – 老虎

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Chinese Tattoo Symbols: Family

Family – Jiātíng – 家庭


Father – Fùqīn – 父亲

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Brothers – Xiōngdì – 兄弟

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Younger Brother – Dìdì – 弟弟

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Elder Brother – Gēgē – 哥哥

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Friend – Péngyǒu – 朋友

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Mother – Mǔqīn – 母亲

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Sisters – Jiěmèi – 姐妹

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Younger Sister – Mèimei – 妹妹

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Elder Sister – Jiě Jiě – 姐姐

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Chinese Tattoo Symbols: Elements & Nature

Fire – Huǒ – 火

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Tree – Shù – 树

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Water – Shuǐ – 水

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Ice – Bīng – 冰

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Air – Kōngqì – 空气

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Stone – Shí – 石

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Bamboo – Zhú – 竹

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Wind – Fēng – 风

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Chinese Tattoo Symbols: Spiritual

Angel – Tiānshǐ – 天使

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God – Shen – 神

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Buddha – Fú – 佛

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Demon – Èmó – 恶魔

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Dragon – Lóng – 龙

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Evil Spirit – Móguǐ – 魔鬼

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Goblin – È guǐ – 恶鬼

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Ghost – Guǐ – 鬼

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Heaven – Tiāntáng – 天堂

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Hell – Dìyù – 地狱

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Soul – Línghún – 灵魂

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The Way – Dào – 道

Taoism or Daoism, is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (道, literally “Way”, also romanized as Dao). [wikipedia]

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Yin Yang – Yīnyáng – 阴阳

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (“dark-bright”, “negative-positive”) describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. [wikipedia]

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yin yang photo

Mildly Funny

Old foreigner – Lǎo wài – 老外

As with Spanish “gringo”, laowai is not considered a necessarily offensive term but may become so from context (tone, manner, situation, etc.). Among the Chinese, the term is informal and may be used in a neutral, genial, or even good-humored way; however, it is othering and some may consider it racist. Varyingly, it is ironically embraced, begrudgingly accepted, openly resented, or, most likely, not minded at all among the expatriate community. [wikipedia]

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