jiàn to establish; to build; to set up

Made up of [ yǐn 'long stride' radical 54]


Combines a 'long stride' and 'writing pencil' so perhaps can be remembered as writing a plan

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jiàn (healthy) jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (gap) jiàn (arrow)

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jiān (narrow) jiān (difficult) jiǎn (scissors)

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高屋建瓴 gāo wū jiàn líng Being in a good position to repel attackers. Building a commanding position.
The Emperor's Canal

The Emperor's Canal


The Grand or Emperor's canal is the longest canal system in the world. It links Hangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north - over 1,100 miles. Designed to carry huge amounts of rice from the rich lands of the south to the arid north it proved to be China's life line for over a thousand years. The canal enabled China a transportation system free from the threats of storms and pirates.
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