zhōng centre; middle

Made up of [ gǔn line radical 2, wéi proud; enclosure; upright radical 31]
Used as component in : zhōng
Made with 4 strokes.
Represents shooting an arrow to the center of a target
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses gǔn component: (husband) jiù (old) (store) shū (book) wèi (not yet) xíng (permitted) yōu (distant) zhí (straight)
Also uses wéi component: (hard) guó (country) huí (to circle) miàn (face) (four) yuán (park)

Sounds same

zhōng (clock) zhōng (end)

Different tone

zhǒng (kind of) zhòng (many) zhòng (heavy)

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stroke order for 中
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中山 Zhongshan, Guangdong


孙中山 Sun Yatsen


月到中秋分外明, 每逢佳节倍思亲 yuè dào zhōng qiū fèn wài míng, měi féng jiā jié bèi sī qīn Longing to see family from far away
空中楼阁 kōng zhōng lóu gé A fanciful and impossible scheme. An impractical idea with a streak of vanity.
外强中干 wài qiáng zhōng gān Looking strong and powerful but actually weak. Flattering appearance that does not represent true worth.
百发百中 bǎi fā bǎi zhòng A superb marksman; showing great skill. Yang Youji and Houyi were archers of great renown.
金玉其外,败絮其中 jīn yù qí wài ? bài xù qí zhōng Don't be fooled by outward appearances
眼中之钉 yǎn zhōng zhī dīng Real adversity. The story is of Zhao Zaili of the Later Jin dynasty [936-946] who was a cruel and unjust governor. When it was rumored that he would be moved to another region the people rejoiced about their nail in their eyes being removed. However the jubilation was premature, as when Zhao heard about it he determined to stay on and what is more charge the people of Songzhou a new 'nail removal tax'.


中国 zhōng guó China
zhōng wǔ Lunchtime


中秋节 Zhōngqiūjié Mid Autumn Festival