wén script; character; culture


Similar looking characters : nǚ (female) yòu (also) suī (rap)

Note

Originally a man with a tattoed chest hence writing in general
Number of strokes: 4

Radical

Index 67 used in: used in: zhè (this)

< Previous radical 66 suī Next radical 68 dǒu >

Sounds same

wén (to hear)

Different tone

wèn (ask)

< Previous wèi Next wén >

Pronunciation

Sound file kindly provided by shtooka.net under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License

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

Concubines

In Imperial China a man would marry one woman but he could also take concubines. They acted as a subordinate class of women under the control of the wife. However, if a concubine produced children these were treated just the same as the wife's children. Dowager Empress Cixi was the most famous concubine.
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Courtyard houses

For at least two thousand years the traditional Chinese house had a standard design of buildings around an enclosed courtyard. The siheyuan had a range of rooms for the extended family, with the most grand one occupied by the head of the family. Each individual building was constructed in a standard way and was connected by covered walkways. The center of the courtyard was often laid out to gardens.
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