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the flower of Chiayi City

the flower of Chiayi City

When it comes to November, you can see striking purplish red flowers everywhere by the roadside or in the park. It's Bauhinia blakeana(洋紫荊), commonly called the Hong Kong Orchid Tree, was the flower of Hong Kong and Taiwan Chiayi City.

he Bauhinia double-lobed leaf is similar in shape to a heart or a butterfly. In Hong Kong the leaf is known as the "clever leaf" (聰明葉), and is regarded as a symbol of wisdom. Some people use the leaves to make bookmarks in the hope that they will bring them good luck in their studies.

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