nián year

Made up of [ gàn do; shield; to concern radical 51]

Note

Originally a representation of man carrying a sheaf of harvested grain but now much simplified
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using gàn : hàn (perspiration) gān (liver) gān (pole) gǎn (to overtake) àn (bank) kān (to print)

Different tone

廿 niàn (twenty) niàn (to read)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

度日如年 dù rì rú nián Time seems to pass very slowly
十年树木,百年树人 shí nián shù mù, bǎi nián shù rén Studying may be slow and arduous but will be worth it
笑一笑,十年少 xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic
学好三年,学坏三天 xué hǎo sān nián, xué huài sān tiān Falling into bad ways is far easier than keeping to the good

Phrases

今年 jīn nián this year
明年 míng nián next year

Also

半年节 bàn nián jié Half Year Festival
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Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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