shān bristle; hair


Three hairs that can represent a brush
Number of strokes 3


Index 59 used in: cǎi (color)

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Sounds same

shān (mountain)

Different tone

shǎn (Shanzhou)

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

Imperial Number

The number 9 has long been associated with the Emperor. It is a strongly yang number as it is 3 x 3 with 3 itself a yang number. The Forbidden City was reputed to have 9,999 rooms.
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Traditional medicine in China

Traditional medicine in China


Thousands of years of seeking cures to illness in China has led to a wide range of traditional medicines and procedures being discovered. Nowadays traditional medicine is used for minor ailments and when western medicine fails.
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