by Katharine Schroeder
While visiting The Peak in Hong Kong, I came across a small shop where they were selling Chinese chops. Chops are also known as seals and they are a specially carved stamp which the Chinese use almost as a signature. If you saw The Accidental Spy, you saw Jackie's character using a chop in the bank scene when he is sealing the deal with the banker. To read more about chops, click here.
So there I was in Hong Kong and I was presented with the opportunity to purchase my own Chinese chop which would be carved for me in less than half and hour. For the decoration atop the chop, I chose a pig since I was born in the Year of the Pig. Immediately the chop carver got to work. Here he is carving my chop:
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One half hour later I went back to the store and picked up my chop. It was presented in a beautiful box:
The chop was magnificent! Here's what it looks like in the box:
Here's the chop itself:
And here's the stamp it makes:
Here's the meaning behind the characters:
This is the special pot of ink that comes with the seal:
So now I am the proud owner of my own Chinese chop. I will use it when I write letters to my friends. Having my own Chinese chop made was one of the Totally Cool things about Hong Kong!
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