àn bank; shore; beach

Made up of [ shān mountain radical 46, chǎng cliff; factory; depot radical 27, gàn do; shield; to concern radical 51]

Note

Both 'mountain' as radical and 'cliff' give the meaning while 'gan' suggests the phonetic
Number of strokes 8

Related characters


Using shān : dǎo (island) suì (year)
Using chǎng : fǎn (contrary) lì (strict) yuán (former) lì (to experience) dùn (shield)
Using gàn : hàn (perspiration) gān (liver) gān (pole) gǎn (to overtake) kān (to print) nián (year)

Different tone

ān (peace)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

隔岸观火 gé àn guān huǒ Just observing and not helping others when help is needed
Kites

Kites

Culture

Along with many other things the Chinese lay claim to the invention of the kite. Kite flying remains very popular in China and many can be seen flying in public parks. In the past they have been used for military purposes but fishing is probably the most ancient use.

The date

Prior to the adoption of the Western calendar on the foundation of the Republic in 1912, China used a lunar based calendar. The year was divided into 12 or 13 months determined by the phase of the moon. The day within the month was named after the constellation that the moon was in (or near) on that particular date. This allowed Chinese people to work out the precise date on a clear night without the need for clocks and calendars.
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