kān to print; to publish; publication

Made up of [ gàn do; shield; to concern radical 51, dāo knife (radical) radical 18]


The knife radical gives idea of carving while 'gan' gives rough phonetic
Number of strokes 5

Related characters

Using gàn : hàn (perspiration) gān (liver) gān (pole) gǎn (to overtake) àn (bank) nián (year)
Using dāo : lì (sharp) qián (front) gāng (hard) bié (to leave) dào (arrive)

Different tone

kǎn (open box) kǎn (Water) kǎn kàn (look)

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Imperial Examinations

Imperial Examinations


One of China's most important exports was the respect for scholarship and learning. China was the first nation to appoint on basis of academic merit. Strict Imperial examinations were set up two thousand years ago and were the passport to a quieter life with a steady income.
Chinese proverb


Shuǐ dī shí chuān [shui di shi chuan]
water drip stone penetrate
Dripping water eventually wears away stone
If you persevere, you can eventually achieve your goal
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
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