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Subject: Chinese character for Lan - "Beautiful Orchid"
Author: Scott Church   (guest)
Date: October 16, 2005 at 6:29:03 PM
My daughter Claire Lan Du was adopted from China in August of 2003. She is now about 3 1/2 years old. We were told that her given Chinese name "Lan" means "beautiful orchid", which agrees with the translation "orchid" given here. I was wondering if anyone more literate in Chinese (Mandarin) than I am could show me the character for this and tell me where ti came from (i.e. what other characters if any, were used to create it and what they mean). Thanks! - Scott Church (Bothell, WA).

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