sān three; 3


Number of strokes 3

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 三
Stroke order for character 三, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

三亚 Sanya, Hainan

Proverbs

冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yí rì zhī hán Everything comes to him who waits
狡兔三窟 jiǎo tù sān kū To succeed there must be several alternative strategies
三个臭皮匠,凑个诸葛亮 sān gè chòu pí jiàng, còu gè Zhūgě Liàng Joint effort can help solve big problems
三人成虎 sān rén chéng hǔ Basing a story on rumor and gossip rather than cold facts.
三十六计,走为上策 sān shí liù jì, zǒu wéi shàng cè Sometimes it is best to avoid conflict altogether. Flight can be the best option
无事不登三宝殿 wú shì bū dēng sān bǎo diàn Often it is obvious when somebody is after something

Phrases

他买了三张票 tā mǎi le sān zhāng piào He bought three tickets
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been grown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addiciive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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