Let’s Guess Chinese Riddles About Plants (Part 1)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Have you ever delved into the intriguing world of Chinese riddles about plants? Today, we're embarking on a journey to unravel the mysteries behind these fascinating enigmas. Our first challenge? Deciphering the riddle:

  1. Green vines, with yellow flowers, 
    Qīng téng téng, kāi huáng huā,
  2. green vines, with yellow flowers. 
    qīng téng téng, kāi huáng huā,
  3. Blooms above ground bear no fruit, underground they fruit without blooms. 
    dìshàng kāi huā bù jiéguǒ, dìxià jiéguǒ bù kāi huā.

What am I?

Let's break it down:

  • "青藤藤,开黄花,青藤藤,开黄花" (qīnɡ ténɡ ténɡ, kāi huánɡ huā): This line describes the appearance of the plant, highlighting its green vines and the color of its flowers.
  • "地上开花不结果,地下结果不开花" (dì shànɡ kāi huā bù jié ɡuǒ, dì xià jié ɡuǒ bù kāi huā): This is the crux of the riddle. It cleverly points out that while the plant flowers above ground, it does not produce fruit there. Instead, the fruit develops underground, without any visible flowering process. This phenomenon perfectly describes the growth pattern of peanuts, where the flowers appear above ground but the fruit, which is the peanut itself, matures underground.

"花生" (Peanut): Finally, the answer to the riddle! The plant in question is the peanut, known for its unique growth habit of flowering above ground while producing fruit (peanuts) underground.

Key Sentences:

  1. I really like eating peanuts.
    Wǒ hěn xǐhuān chī huāshēng.
  2. I am allergic to peanuts.
    Wǒ duì huāshēng guòmǐn.
  3. The answer to this riddle is peanuts.
    Zhège míyǔ de dá'àn shì huāshēng.

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