The popular Blue Willow china pattern is actually one of the most successful marketing strategies in the china industry. The great romance that supposedly inspired the pattern was invented by Minton to increase sales. The pattern actually has no China origins whatsoever. And I know way too much about it - scary.
Two birds flying high, A Chinese vessel, sailing by. A bridge with three men, sometimes four, A willow tree, hanging o'er. A Chinese temple, there it stands, Built upon the river sands. An apple tree, with apples on, A crooked fence to end my song