Commons:Stroke Order Project/Kangxi radicals

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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 Minimal definition Time periods Old convention New convention Example Coverage
Images showing stroke order
•••• 楷書 / 楷书 kǎishū Row of grey chars web era 馬-bw.png 馬-bw.svg* 馬-jbw.png 61,02060
•• 楷書 / 楷书 kǎishū Black to red progression web era 馬-red.png 馬-red.svg* 馬-red.png 1422935
•••• 楷書 / 楷书 kǎishū Animated calligraphy web era 馬-order.gif 馬-order.gif ** 馬-order.gif 1053815
楷書 / 楷书 kǎishū Animated by Stroke web era 馬-sbs.gif 馬-sbs.gif ** 馬-sbs.gif 4
Do not use “m”, “t”, or “j” freely in filenames above. We use them such : "m" for "modern", "t" for "traditional", "j" for Japanese, etc. <ed>
Images showing writing styles
•• 金文 jīnwén>Shang Casted bronze scripts, Shang period 1300–1046 BCE 馬-s.svg 馬-bronze-shang.svg 馬-bronze-shang.svg 186
•••• 甲骨文 jiǎgǔwén Knife carved oracle scripts 1300–1046 BCE 馬-oracle.svg 馬-oracle.svg 馬-oracle.svg 4,770
•••• 金文 jīnwén Casted bronze scripts, Western Zhou period 1046–771 BCE 馬-bronze.svg 馬-bronze.svg 馬-bronze.svg 1,224
甲骨文 jiǎgǔwén>Western Zhou Knife carved oracle scripts, Western Zhou period 1046–771 BCE none 馬-oracle-zhouyuan.svg N/A 0
•• 金文 jīnwén>Spring and Autumn Casted bronze scripts, Spring and Autumn period 771–476 BCE 馬-sa.svg 馬-bronze-spring.svg 馬-bronze-spring.svg 325
•• 金文 jīnwén>Warring States Casted bronze scirpts, Warring States period 476–221 BCE 馬-w.svg 馬-bronze-warring.svg 馬-bronze-warring.svg 269
••• 簡帛文字 jiǎnbówénzì Brush on slip or silk scripts by Chu state 476–221 BCE none 馬-silk.svg 馬-silk.svg 20117
••• 簡牘文字 jiǎndúwénzì Brush on slip scripts by Qin state 476–221 BCE none 馬-slip.svg 馬-slip.svg 190
•••• 小篆 xiǎo zhuàn Normalized zhuan scirpts by Qin dynasty and some Han dynasty zhuan scirpts, collected by Shuowen 221 BCE–220 CE 馬-seal.svg 馬-seal.svg 馬-seal.svg 2,918
•• 籀文 zhòuwén Script from Shizhoupian by late Western Zhou, collected by Shuowen 221 BCE–220 CE 馬-zhou.svg 馬-zhou.svg 馬-zhou.svg 13
•• 古文 gǔwén Script from Zuo zhuan by Warring States, collected by Shuowen 221 BCE–220 CE 馬-ancient.svg 馬-ancient.svg 馬-ancient.svg 51
奇字 qízì Similar to variants, collected by Shuowen 221 BCE–220 CE none 馬-odd.svg N/A 2
•• 隸書 / 隶书 lìshū Early ancient clerical script to be specific, collected by Libian 221 - 134 BCE none 馬-clerical.svg 馬-clerical.svg 47
傳抄古文字 Chuánchāo gǔwénzì Transcribed various ancient scripts before Qin dynasty, collected by Liushutong 1627–1644 CE 馬-bigseal.svg 馬-bigseal.svg 馬-bigseal.svg 3,451
New Modern Chinese Characters*
•• 草書 / 草书 cǎoshū Brush on paper's fast script, aka Cursive. 43 BCE-present none (font available) 馬-caoshu.svg 馬-caoshu.svg 1
•• 行書 / 行书 xíngshū Brush on paper's fluid writing, aka Semi-cursive. ca.100 CE-present none (font available) 馬-xingshu.svg 馬-xingshu.svg 3
•• 楷書 / 楷书 kǎishū Brush on paper since Han dynasty, aka Regular scripts ca. 200 CE-present none (font available) 馬-kaishu.svg 馬-kaishu.svg 6
•• 宋體 / 宋体 sòngtǐ Printing-blocks scripts. Aka Songti, Mingti. 1368 CE-present none (font available) 馬-songti.svg 馬-songti.svg 4
•• 明體 / 明体 míngtǐ Printing-blocks scripts. 1??? CE-present none (font available) 馬-mingti.svg 20px 0
康熙 kāngxī Printing-blocks scripts in Kangxi dictionary 1716 CE-present none (font available) 馬-mingti-kangxi.svg Kangxi Style Kangxi Radical 187.svg 0, 215