fāng square; honest; upright

Note

Originally two boats lashed together then became a swastika to represent four regions of a square
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 70 used in: zú (clan) ; fáng (house) ; 访 fǎng (to visit) ; fǎng (fine woven silk fabric) ; 仿 fǎng (to imitate) ; fáng (to protect) ; fàng (let go)

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Sounds same

fāng (basket)

Different tone

fáng (house) fáng (to protect) 访 fǎng (to visit) fǎng (fine woven silk fabric) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) fàng (let go)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

来日方长 lái rì fāng cháng There is adequate time

Cathay

A strange name you sometimes see for China is 'Cathay'. This needs a little explaining, it is not self evident just like the name 'China' itself. The name Cathay is mainly used in Russia and Central Asia. This is because the name is derived from the northern Chinese tribe of Khitan or Qidan. The Qidan people formed the Northern Jin dynasty just before the Mongol dynasty. It may have been the Mongol conquest that promulgated the name ‘Cathay’.
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