gǔn line


Number of strokes 1

Radical

Index 2 used in: fū (husband) ; zhōng (centre) ; shū (book) ; wèi (not yet) ; xíng (permitted) ; huà (to draw) ; zhí (straight) ; jiù (old) ; pù (store)

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

Burning the books

One of the actions that the First Qin Emperor Shihuangdi is famous for is 'the burning of the books'. Although this is seen as a repressive and authoritarian move it has to be put in context. One of the reasons for the move was to impose a single written language over the whole nation, destroying the old books was intended to accelerate this process. The move had the fortunate consequence that many old books were hidden away to escape destruction and were 'lost' for many centuries before being later recovered.
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fēi to not be; not; wrong

Origin

Ancient pictograph of negation 'not is'

Radical

Index 175 used in: used in: fěi (bandit)
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