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How to Write the Character Fu in Chinese Calligraphy

    is one of most commonly written characters in Chinese calligraphy.

    Learning how to write it will enable you to use calligraphy for many different occasions.

    What does (福) mean in Chinese?

    The character 福 (pronounced ) means ‘blessing’ or ‘good fortune’ in the Chinese language.

    It is seen as auspicious or good luck to put this character in certain places – such as pictures, envelopes, or engravings.

    Posters with this character on it are often placed on or near the entrances of people’s doors, walls, or windows. This is especially true during the Spring Festival and Chinese Lunar New Year period.

    When was fú first used in this way?

    The character fú has been used as a sign of good luck since the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD).

    Why is fú written upside down?

    Chinese character fu the right way around and upside down

    The character fú often placed upside down because of a specific homophone (a word that sounds like another word which has a different meaning) it has.

    The homophone in question leads to  upside down signifying ‘luck come’. In Chinese, saying fú dào (福到 – ‘luck come’) sounds like fú dào (福倒 – ‘luck upside down’).

    Notice that the character 到 (dào – ‘come’) is the same in sound and very similar in appearance to 倒(dào – upside down’). The only difference between the characters is the radical number 9 (亻) at the beginning of the character.

    The use of homophones is a common feature of the Chinese language.

    The strokes needed to write fu in Chinese calligraphy

    There are 13 strokes needed to write the Chinese character .

    They must be written in the following order – stroke order is essential not just for Chinese calligraphy, but for Chinese writing more generally, too.