Chinese name: 冫

Pinyin: bīng

English name: ice

Imagery: ice

History of radical: This chilly radical is called ice and it’s always place to the left of a character. In oracle bones, it is a picture of icicles. Characters with this radical relate to ice or cold. Every year, the largest ice festival in the world takes place annually in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.

For example: 

  • 冰 (bīng): ice
  • 冻 (dòng): freeze
  • 冷 (lěng): cold