The graceful crane is a common emblem in Chinese paintings. The name guàn is used for both storks and cranes and the same symbolism applies to both. Storks tend to live in wetlands while cranes prefer drier lands. The crane like pine trees and stones symbolizes longevity as well as wisdom. It is fabled that when a crane reaches 600 years old it no longer needs to eat.

The origami Crane is a symbol of healing after Hiroshima in Japan.
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last updated 8 Oct 2006