Chinese name: 山

Pinyin: shān

English name: mountain

Imagery: mountain

History of radical: This awe inspiring radical is called mountain. In oracle bones it is a picture of three towering mountain in peaks side by side. Characters with this radical relate to mountain. The highest mountain in China, Mt. Everest, is also the highest peak in the world.

For Example: 

  • 岛(dǎo): island
  • 岩(yán): rock
  • 崖(yá): cliff