戋 jiān narrow; small
Alternative traditional form
of character: 戔
NoteOriginally comprised of two spears, now one spear is suggested by a single extra stroke.
Number of strokes 5
Sounds same艰 jiān (difficult)
Different tone剪 jiǎn (scissors)
健 jiàn (healthy)
见 jiàn (see)
建 jiàn (to establish)
间 jiàn (gap)
箭 jiàn (arrow)
Flowers and fruit
Flowers and fruit are used in Chinese art to give a symbolic meaning. Quite often this is the obvious one of grace and beauty as with orchids, plums, azaleas and magnolias. In other cases the symbolism comes from words that sound the same in Chinese, so maple means 'appointment'; orange 'good wishes'; cinnamon 'valuable' and jujube 'early'. Some have a sexual connotation so have to be used with care if used as a gift. Read More
Earliest printed book
One of the most important inventions that China can lay claim to is printing
. The oldest printed book is the Diamond Sutra, printed in 868CE and now held at the British Library, London. It is a large book of Buddhist
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