fǎn contrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to rebel

Made up of [ chǎng cliff; factory; depot radical 27, yòu also; in addition; and radical 29]
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using chǎng : lì (strict) yuán (former) àn (bank) lì (to experience) dùn (shield)
Using yòu : duì (right) fā (to send out) fà (hair) jí (and) jī (fowl) nán (difficult) qǔ (to take) shèng (holy) shù (tree) bào (to announce) huān (merry) yǒu (friend) zhī (to support) shòu (to receive) jiān (difficult)

Different tone

fàn (food)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

物极必反 wù jí bì fǎn Things will turn around in the opposite direction when they reach the highest point
易如反掌 yì rú fǎn zhǎng Simple. Very easy
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Chinese ice-boy receives huge wave of sympathy

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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