èr two; 2

Number of strokes 2


Index 7 used in: yuán (primary) ; è (evil) ; yú (in) ; xiē (some) ; rén (humane)

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Different tone

ér (child) ér (legs) ér (as well as) ěr (ear) ěr (thus)

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stroke order for 二
Stroke order for character 二, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
一山不容二虎 yī shān bù róng èr hǔ Two equally talented or able employees do not work well together


十二章纹 shí èr zhāng wén Imperial Insignia
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.

The ancient Shu kingdom

We often think of China as a single unified nation but through its long history different regions have expressed their own unique identity within China. One of these is the Shu Kingdom that now covers Sichuan and Chongqing provinces. As the area is protected on three sides by high mountains it has always seen itself as a somewhat separate entity. After the Han dynasty China broke up into several kingdoms, it was the Shu kingdom that held on to many Han traditions.
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