Lotus (荷花) : To the Chinese people lotus symbolizes ultimate purity and perfection because it rises untainted and beautiful from the mud. Every part of the plant, from roots to petals can be put to good use and has medicinal properties. As such, the plant as a whole, conveys deep significance. Lotus is also a symbol of friendship and messenger. The ancient Chinese folk has a tradition of sending plum blossom to friends for the greeting of the new year in the spring and gathering lotus to remember friend in the Autumn. According to the buddhist philosophy, lotus represents inward emptying and outward splendor which conveys the true nature of reality.