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Stroke Order Project

The 214 radicals of the Kangxi dictionary, following Template:Hanzigallery.

NB: The stroke order of each and every radical will be individually checked in several books before we approve them by marking them with a little tick (✓). If there is the slightest doubt, the radical will not be approved.

Thus, our work should be 98–99% dependable, whilst many people's minds (and even many books) contain a hodgepodge of information from ROC, PRC, and Japanese standards. Most books fail to deal with these issues because most of them are made in and aimed at a single region, and/or rely on the authors' personal practice regarding stroke order.

Here, we do better than them.

Progress pages[edit]


Historical styles
  1. Ancient Chinese characters/bronze
  2. Ancient Chinese characters/oracle
  3. Ancient Chinese characters/seal
  4. Ancient Chinese characters/bigseal
  5. Ancient Chinese characters/songti
  6. Ancient Chinese characters/kaishu
  7. Ancient Chinese characters/clerical

Stroke order

Commons:Stroke Order Project/Kangxi radicals/bw

Useful project sub-pages[edit]


Table of simple strokes
(Char, pinyin)
of Chinese name
Basic strokes (See also
diǎn D "Dot" Tiny dash
héng H "Horizontal" Rightward stroke
shù S "Vertical" Downward stroke
T "Rise" Flick up and rightwards
N "Press down" Falling rightwards (fattening at the bottom)
piě P "Throw away" Falling leftwards (with slight curve)
Combining strokes
zhé Z n/ㄱ㇄ "Break" Usually 90° turn
gōu G 亅 乚 "Hook" Appended to other strokes
wān W n/a "Bend" Usually concave on the left
xié X n/a "Slant" Usually concave on the right
The basic strokes you need to know

Using these "basic strokes", we can build complex strokes, such as: 乚 = shùwāngóu => SWG
Then, using "-", we can explain one caracter, such as: 九 => piě-hēngzhéwāngōu => P-HZWG.

Naming and Other Notes[edit]

Type Old convention New convention Example ***
Images showing stroke order
楷书 kǎishū Row of grey chars 中-bw.png 中-bw.svg* 中-bw.svg
楷书 kǎishū Graduated from black to red 中-red.png 中-red.svg * 中-red.svg
楷书 kǎishū Animated calligraphy 中-order.gif 中-order.gif ** 中-order.gif
楷书 kǎishū Animated by Stroke 中-sbs.gif 中-sbs.gif ** 中-sbs.gif
Images showing ancient characters
隶书 lìshū none (font avalable) 中-clerical.svg 中-clerical.svg
(小)篆文 (xiǎo)zhuànwén 中-seal.gif 中-seal.svg 中-seal.svg
(大)篆文 (dà)zhuànwén 中-bigseal.gif 中-bigseal.svg 中-bigseal.svg
金文 jīnwén 中-bronze.gif 中-bronze.svg 中-bronze.svg
甲骨文 jiǎgǔwén 中-oracle.gif 中-oracle.svg 中-oracle.svg
Do not use “m”, “t”, or “j” freely in file name. We use them such : "m" for "modern", "t" for "traditional", "j" for Japanese, etc. <ed>