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Twin golden carp along with a golden yuanbao/ ingot on lucky bamboo The Lucky Bamboo incorporates the symbolism of bamboo, such as flexibility, strength and suppleness. Also known as Money Tree, the plant also symbolises income. As bamboo can grow fast, so should the money pile up. During Chinese New Year, one will see numerous Lucky Bamboo combined with lucky charms. It is believed that a combination of the Money Tree with signs of the Five Elements, such as metal or golden carp, will intensify the positive powers of the bamboo, as well as the symbolism of the attahced objects; stall on the street, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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