凵 kǎn open box
NotePicture of a box without a lid
Number of strokes 2
Index 17 used in: 出 chū (go out)
; 画 huà (to draw)
Sounds same坎 kǎn (Water)
Different tone刊 kān (to print)
看 kàn (look)
Stroke order for character 凵, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
Gateway to China
For centuries the Western gateway to China was at Jiayuguan in the north-west of Gansu
province. It was an impressive fort marking entry into China on the Silk Road
known as the “First and Greatest Pass Under Heaven”. It has impressive 35 feet [11 meters]
high walls. Banishment from China meant ejection from this gate into the barbarian states that lived beyond. Read More
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