crane is the most popular bird in Chinese history and is a symbol
of longevity and auspiciousness. In ancient China the crane was
regarded as having a long life span and one Chinese legend says
that a immortal rode a crane to heaven. The crane also represents
a lasting soaring spirit, health, and happiness. In ancient China
crane images were embroidered on robes of first-rank officials so
the crane was held in high esteem and known as a first-rank bird.
Cranes are usually painted with other symbols of longevity such
as pine trees and peaches. Cranes with peony flowers symbolize longevity
and prosperity. Cranes and lotus symbolize longevity and purity.