彩 cǎi color
Made up of [木 mù
radical 75, 彡 shān
NoteThe character includes elements wood and bristle suggesting coloring with a brush
Using 木 mù
: 茶 chá (tea) 来 lái (arrive) 棋 qí (board game) 本 běn (root) 树 shù (tree) 未 wèi (not yet) 相 xiāng (each other) 宋 song (Song) 桌 zhuō (table) 椅 yǐ (chair) 杆 gān (pole) 桔 jú (tangerine) 闲 xián (to stay idle) 亲 qīn (parent) 李 lǐ (plum) 枝 zhī (branch) 植 zhí (to plant) 板 bǎn (board) 楼 lóu (multi-story building) 校 xiào (school) 机 jī (machine)
Different tone菜 cài (vegetable)
World upside down
When the Chinese invented the compass
they chose south rather than north as the primary direction. In China it is called 指南针
'point south needle'. Compasses pointed south and for this reason maps showed south at the top rather than north. South was more important than north as it is the direction of the sun and hence all warmth and light. This convention has the advantage that the compass direction can be confirmed by the position of the sun at midday. Read More
Like most other things the Chinese invented their own version of the chess board game. There are strong reasons to suppose that the Chinese game 象棋
Xiangqi or 'elephant game' is closer to the original form. The absence of a 'queen' piece and the strange rules for 'cannons' make this just as challenging a game as the version played in the West.
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