zǎo early; morning

Made up of [ sun; day radical 72, shí ten; 10 radical 24]


Picture of sun just above horizon gives the meaning 'early'
Number of strokes 6

Related characters

Using : 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) wǎn (evening) shí (time)
Using shí : bàn (half) dé (virtue) gǔ (ancient) zài (to carry) mài (sell) shén (what) zhī (to support) dùn (shield) zhí (straight)

< Previous zàng Next >


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

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


笨鸟先飞早入林 bèn niǎo xiān fēi zǎo rù lín It is important to be early to achieve success


早上 zǎo shàng early morning
China's exciting plans to explore Space

China's exciting plans to explore Space

Modern History

China is putting a great deal of money and effort in building a space exploration programme. Already missions have put people into orbit around the Earth and landed robots onto the Moon. Plans exist for a large space lab and manned landings on the Moon and even missions to Mars.

Doing nothing

The Daoists have a strange doctrine of wuwei 無爲 which can be translated as 'inaction' or 'doing nothing' that has had deep cultural impact. It is not to be interpreted directly as bland acceptance but of not resisting the inevitable. The importance is to survive rather than oppose, to 'go with the flow'. The chief example given is of bamboo bending in the wind rather than trying to block it and be broken by it. This doctrine is used in Martial Arts so that the practitioner redirects an opponent's attack rather than trying to block it. Westerners can find this concept challenging as Chinese people may not stick to principles when circumstances suggest an alternative action avoids conflict.
Read More
Share this page Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Chinasage is a new web resource, started in 2012, pages will be added, enhanced and re-formatted regularly. Please check back soon for updated information about China.

We would be most grateful if you can help improve this page. Please visit our (secure) contact page to leave any comment. Thanks.

Citation information: Chinasage, 'Chinese character zǎo 早 early', , Web, http://www.chinasage.info/chars/fch_zao_early.htm.

Copyright © Chinasage 2012 to 2018