cháng long; length


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Originally from a pictograph of a man with long hair and walking stick
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 168 used in: zhāng ('of')

< Previous radical 167 jīn Next radical 169 mén >

Sounds same

cháng (always)

Different tone

chāng (prosperous) chǎng (cliff) chàng (to sing) chàng (to initiate)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 长
Stroke order for character 长, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

长沙 Changsha, Hunan
长春 Changchun, Jilin
长治 Changzhi, Shanxi

Proverbs

不怕路长只怕志短 bú pà lù cháng zhǐ pà zhì duǎn Do not be afraid of a long road to success only be afraid of a shortage of ambition
吃一堑,长一智 chī yī qiàn, cháng yí zhì Gain wisdom from experience of set backs
来日方长 lái rì fāng cháng There is adequate time to achieve your desires
取长补短 qǔ cháng bǔ duǎn Take notice of other people's admirable qualities
揠苗助长 yà miáo zhù zhǎng Be patient and let nature run its course
夜长梦多 yè cháng mèng duō When in hard times it is foolish to merely dream of better things

Also

盘长 pán cháng endless knot
Tue 6th Mar

Hong Kong tops the list for longest life expectancy

Hong Kong has managed to pip Japan and Italy as the location with the highest life expectancy. Figures for 2016 give 81.3 years for men and 87.3 years for women. This is a remarkable turnaround for China which has suffered from high mortality rates going back centuries. Some put the high survival rate to diet, some to physical health and others to the climate. Hong Kongers generally eat a varied diet with a good proportion of health-giving fish and can be compared to the Mediterranean diet. Many people in the 80s came from the mainland and reached there by physical exertion - swimming to Hong Kong Island or traveling hundreds of miles overland, so maybe physical fitness plays a part. Hong Kong is notorious for its high humidity but the sub-tropical climate there never sees cold winters and this is a key factor in survival rates of the elderly. As well as a warm climate Hong Kong has many green spaces, and it is easy for people to get away from the urban center to a tranquil natural spots among the mountains. All this makes the former colony a good place to live.


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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Jīn zhāo yǒu jiǔ jīn zhāo zuì [jin zhao you jiu jin zhao zui]
now palace have wine, now palace drunk
When have some wine, all will get drunk
Take advantage of good fortune while it is around
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