gāo tall; high


Represents a pavilion on top of a hall and hence a 'tall' building
Number of strokes 10


Index 189 used in: gǎo (to do) ; 稿 gǎo (manuscript)

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gǎo (to do) 稿 gǎo (manuscript) gào (to tell)

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


步步高升 bù bù gāo shēng Congratulation on promotion or a new job
道高一尺,魔高一丈 dào gāo yī chǐ, mó gāo yī zhàng There is always opportunity for evil to take root
高不成低不就 gāo bù chéng dī bù jiù Exaggerating one's self importance to the point of stubbornness
高屋建瓴 gāo wū jiàn líng Being in a good position to repel attackers. Building a commanding position.
莫测高深 mò cè gāo shēn Enigmatic, unfathomable. Too profound to be readily understood
人往高处走,水往低处流 rén wǎng gāo chù zǒu, shuǐ wǎng dī chù liú There is always scope for improvement by struggle


高兴 gāo xīng happy



The lotus is an emblem with strong Buddhist links. As the plant grows in mud and muck and yet produces a pure white flower it is considered a metaphor for favorable transformation.
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