rì sun; day


picture of sun with a central eye
Number of strokes 4


Index 72 used in: míng (bright) ; shì (is) ; xiāng (fragrant) ; chūn (spring) ; chāng (prosperous) ; mò (do not) ; shǔ (heat) ; zhě (in process of) ; zhuō (table) ; qíng (clear sky) ; jiàn (gap) ; bái (bright) ; jǐng (bright) ; céng (once) ; yīn (sound) ; jiù (old) ; zuì (most) ; yì (easy) ; zuó (previous) ; dàn (dawn) ; zǎo (early) ; wǎn (evening) ; shí (time)

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


日照 Rizhao, Shandong


冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yí rì zhī hán Everything comes to him who waits
常将有日思无日,莫将无时想有时 cháng jiāng yǒu rì sī wú rì, mò jiāng wú shí xiǎng yǒu shí When rich, you have time to dream, but do not dream of riches when you are poor
度日如年 dù rì rú nián Time seems to pass very slowly
今日事,今日毕 jīn rì shì, jīn rì bì Finish the current job before doing anything new
来日方长 lái rì fāng cháng There is adequate time
日以继夜 rì yǐ jì yè Working without a break. Exhausted


rì sun
Year of the ...

Year of the ...


Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.

Sun Yatsen in London

Sun Yatsen's revolutionary work soon brought him to the attention of the Qing authorities. In 1896 while visiting London he was kidnapped and held at the Chinese Chargé d'affaires. Strong public support in the British newspapers and the efforts of Sun's former teacher James Cantlie led to his release 12 days later.
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