lǎo old


Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 125 used in: shǔ (heat) ; zhě (in process of) ; lǎo (venerable) ; xiào (filial piety or obedience)

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Sounds same

lǎo (venerable)

Different tone

láo (to toil)

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

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When the Chinese invented the compass they chose south rather than north as the primary direction. In China it is called 指南针 'point south needle'. Compasses pointed south and for this reason maps showed south at the top rather than north. South was more important than north as it is the direction of the sun and hence all warmth and light. This convention has the advantage that the compass direction can be confirmed by the position of the sun at midday.
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