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While visiting Dr. Sun Yat-sun Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C. I noticed the sign "&" (Ampersand) is posted everywhere. The tour guide said that "&" means money in Chinese, it is the most important sign in Chinese language. I never heard about that before, is it true?

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Can you provide a photo? I can't think out any meaning of & in Chinese except its western usage "and". –  Stan Nov 2 '13 at 7:07
    
Nor have I ever heard about it. '&' is even not a chinese literal. The same suggestion as above, a photo could be provided and we'll see if it might be some sign else. –  shuangwhywhy Nov 2 '13 at 14:25
    
They are wrong, "&" means nothing in Chinese. –  tomriddle_1234 Nov 3 '13 at 23:05
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maybe you want to check this: http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/calendar/iain-baxter/

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I think this must be the explanation. It's part of an artist's self-chosen "name" (Iain Baxter&) who has an exhibit at the garden in question. His works of art all seem to have an ampersand in them. –  Stumpy Joe Pete Nov 3 '13 at 21:39

It's possible you could be looking at a highly calligraphic "钱", or qián, which means "money". I could see those swirly lines bleeding together and looking like an "&".

I'm stumped for any other ideas!

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Traditional Chinese money is "¥". (Your PC's input mode to Chinese, and then press "Shift" and then input "4")。

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