shǎng to hand down

Made up of [ shàng still; yet; to value , bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The 'shang' element gives phonetic, 'bei' for valuables gives the menaing
Number of strokes 12

Related characters


Using shàng : tǎng (to recline) tàng (collective for trips) zhǎng (palm of the hand)
Using bèi : guì (precious) zhēn (chaste) pín (poor) tiē (to stick)

Different tone

shàng (up) shàng (still)

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Pears as gifts

The Chinese have used symbolism for many centuries. Particular objects in a painting have a symbolic meaning, for example a pine tree symbolizes long life. When giving gifts it is important to avoid things with an unfortunate meaning. Pears are a case in point, as 'li' sounds the same as 'li' separate and divorce. Umbrellas, clocks and belts are similarly problematic.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

悬崖勒
Xuán yá lè mǎ [xuan ya le ma]
precipice rein in horse
Rein in the horse at the cliff edge
Realize danger at the last moment
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