jīn metal; gold


A contraction of the symbols for nuggets hidden in the ground
Number of strokes 8

Sounds same

jīn (ferry crossing) jīn (modern) jīn (axe) jīn (scarf) jīn (metal)

Different tone

jìn (near) jìn jìn (to advance)
This character is also represented as a radical in the form: jīn

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


赐子千金不如教子一艺 cì zǐ qiān jīn bù rú jiào zǐ yī yì Gaining a skill has great value for the future
点石成金 diǎn shí chéng jīn To work something of no worth into something of value
千金买笑 qiān jīn mǎi xiào A target that is very hard to attain. Spending lavishly to attract a young woman
人无完人,金无足赤 rén wú wán rén, jīn wú zú chì Have to settle for something less than perfection
一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴 yī cùn guāng yīn yī cùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāng yīn Money spent can be earned again, but time lost is lost for good


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