qiān thousand; 1000


Some say it represents a completion of tens: may be from strings of cash
Number of strokes 3

Sounds same


Different tone

qián (money) qián (Heaven) qián qián (front) qiǎn (shallow) qiàn (yawn)

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stroke order for 千
Stroke order for character 千, 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
儿行千里母担忧 ér xíng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu When children travel far from home, mothers never stop worrying.
老骥伏枥,志在千里 laǒ jì fú lì, zhì zài qiān lǐ High ambitions never fade
千金买笑 qiān jīn mǎi xiào A target that is very hard to attain. Spending lavishly to attract a young woman
千军易得, 一将难求 qiān jūn yì dé, yī jiang nán qiú It is hard to find an outstanding leader
千里之堤,溃于蚁穴 qiān lǐ zhī dī, kuì yú yǐ xué Take full attention to detail to avoid catastrophe

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