yuán park; garden

Made up of [ wéi proud; enclosure; upright radical 31, yuán primary; first; dollar ]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

An enclosed area for plants. The character inside the enclosure gives the sound 'yuan'
Number of strokes 7

Related characters


Using wéi : guó (country) gù (hard) huí (to circle)
Using yuán : yuǎn (far) yuàn (courtyard) wán (toy)

Sounds same

yuán (primary) yuán (former)

Different tone

yuǎn (far) yuàn (courtyard) yuàn (to hope)

< Previous yuán Next yuǎn >

Pronunciation

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The famous Ming dynasty

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History

The most famous Chinese dynasty was the Ming dynasty. China built up a pre-eminent nation, with the greatest wealth, population and foreign trade. However by its end Europe had begun to make inroads in many areas and so marked a transition in world power.
Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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