qiān thousand; 1000

Note

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

Sounds same

qiān

Different tone

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

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 千
Stroke order for character 千, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

赐子千金不如教子一艺 cì zǐ qiān jīn bù rú jiào zǐ yī yì Learning a new skill will pay dividends in the future
儿行千里母担忧 ér xíng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu Mothers will always worry about their children
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
Chinese Chess

Chinese Chess

Culture

Like most other things the Chinese invented their own version of the chess board game. There are strong reasons to suppose that the Chinese game Xiangqi or 'elephant game' is closer to the original form. The absence of a 'queen' piece and the strange rules for 'cannons' make this just as challenging a game as the version played in the West.
How to write Chinese characters

How to write Chinese characters

Language

Many Chinese spend a great deal of time studying calligraphy. To be able to write (or more accurately draw) Chinese characters requires lots of practise as well as knowing both the brush strokes and the order in which to make them.
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