chuān river


Represents the fast smooth flow of water in a river
Number of strokes 3


Index 47 used in: shùn (to obey) ; zhōu (prefecture)

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Different tone

chuán (boat)

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


四川 Sichuan


银川 Yinchuan, Ningxia


海纳百川 hǎi nà bǎi chuān We all shared a common destiny

Farming Calendar

In China there were two calendars in use, one based on the orbit of the moon and one for the sun. The lunar calendar was the important one and gives the dates for Chinese New Year and other festivals. However, farmers needed a calendar based on the sun so crops are sown and harvested at the correct time. The Lichun or farmers calendar splits the year into 24 intervals of 15 or 16 days synchronized with the solar orbit, each with a jieqi name such as 'Grain in Ear' or 'Severe Cold'. The Qing Ming festival in early April is one festival that follows the sun rather than the moon.
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