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11. Compass


Compass zhǐnánzhēn 指南针  



This stamp was issued in 2005 in a set of 4 stamps on Chinese inventions. The other stamps show printing, paper making and gunpowder. 


The word for compass is made up from three characters. The first means finger and also to point at, the second means south and the third means needle. The literal translation of compass is 'to point at the south with a needle'. 


Suggested activities:

  • Find out how to use a compass and map to navigate. 

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