廿 niàn twenty

Made up of [ gǒng two hands radical 55]

Note

Two ten symbols combined to give twenty. Mainly reserved for use in day numbers within a month
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using gǒng : kāi (begin) yì (different)

Sounds same

niàn (to read)

Different tone

nián (year)

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Measuring up

China had its own system of weights and measures that were scaled in units of ten long before the French adopted the metric system in the late eighteenth century. When the Republic of China was declared in 1912 the Chinese authorities aligned the traditional Chinese measures to the Metric system. The traditional measure of distance the 'li' is now defined as 500meters (which is 547 yards).
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