Let's Look at China through stamps

13. Chinese characters

You have already come across quite a few Chinese characters in this book. This is the Chinese writing system. It has been around for over 4000 years but the characters have changed over time. The early Chinese characters were simple drawings of objects and pictures of ideas. 

To correctly write Chinese characters, the strokes have to be written in the correct order. Square grids can help you to learn to write the characters.

[There is a printable copy of this online book which includes grids to write on. If you don't have a printer, just practise on any paper. You might want to draw some grids on it to help.]

Stroke order for 大 dà which means big    

Stroke order for 小 xiǎo which means small   

Stroke order for 中 zhōng which means middle    

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