bǐ pen; brush

Made up of [ zhú bamboo radical 118, máo hair; fur; coin denomination radical 82]
Alternative traditional form of character:


A combination of bamboo and hair to represent the traditional hair brush with a bamboo shaft. The traditional form had 'hand' instead of 'hair'
Number of strokes 10

Related characters

Using zhú : suàn (calculate) xiào (smile) jiàn (arrow) dì (ordinal (1st,2nd))

Sounds same

bǐ (spoon)

Different tone

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bǐ brush
Dragons, master of rain and water

Dragons, master of rain and water


The Chinese dragon is no fire-breathing monster, in China they are regarded as powerful but benevolent. As dragons are masters of rain, water and sea they need to be brought on your side if you want a good harvest, and so they need suitable offerings. The Dragon boat festival held near midsummer is when everyone used to seek to placate the dragon kings.
Good fortune

Good fortune


You will often see the character for good fortune on decorations and gifts. 'Fu' is also associated with bats and oranges and this needs a little explanation...
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