Why is China called the “Flowery Kingdom?”
Flowery Kingdom is a translation of the Chinese “Hua Kuo” and is the most ancient name in China. It is not known if it originally referred to flowers in the literal sense (which probably means it didn’t). “Hua” means flowery, glorious, elegant, and distinguished. It is speculated the ancient Chinese designated their country this way because they regarded their people as the most civilized and polished nation in the world. It is also speculated the term Flower Kingdom may have once been used in the sense “country full of flowers.” According to one theory, the Chinese once lived in central Asia, which is a very barren region,
and they called their new country flowery in contrast to their old home in the desert.