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Chinese zodiac jewelry on display in Paris
Updated: 2017-02-14 14:23:30
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Rooster shaped jewelry are on display at the China Cultural Center in Paris. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

A Chinese zodiac jewelry exhibition is underway at the China Culture Center in Paris, as a final event of the Chinese Culture Ministry's Happy Chinese New Year project to celebrate the lunar New Year of Rooster.

Over 200 pieces of jewelry featuring zodiac figures, including Rooster, Monkey, Horse and the powerful Chinese mythological creature Dragon, are on display, in order to showcase the exquisite designs of Chinese jewels and the time-honored culture of the Chinese zodiac.

The exhibition runs through Feb 28.

The Chinese zodiac assigns one of 12 animals, either real or mythological, to each year. This year is the Year of the Rooster, the only bird represented in the zodiac. In Chinese, rooster is pronounced ji - similar to the sound of the character meaning "good luck". Hence the rooster has been seen as an auspicious creature in Chinese culture.

Zhai Jun, Chinese ambassador to France (middle), Yan Zhenquan, head of China Cultural Center in Paris (first from right), Wu Fenghua, chairman of Chinese jewelry brand TTF Haute Joaillerie (first from left), and celebrated French actress Sophie Marceau (second from left) cut the ribbon at the opening of the exhibition, Feb 8, 2017. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Chinese Ambassador Zhai Jun (first from right) and French actress Sophie Marceau (second from left) admire the jewelry on display at the China Cultural Center in Paris on Feb 8, 2017. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

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