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Sailing Ship in Chinese / Japanese...

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Smooth Sailing

yī fán fēng shùn
Smooth Sailing Vertical Wall Scroll

一帆風順 is just what you think it means. It suggests that you are on a trouble-free voyage through life, or literally on a sailing ship or sail boat. It is often used in China as a wish for good luck on a voyage or as you set out on a new quest or career in your life. Some may use this in lieu of "bon voyage."

The literal meaning is roughly, "Once you raise your sail, you will get the wind you need, and it will take you where you want to go." Another way to translate it is "Your sail and the wind follow your will."

一帆風順 is a great gift for a mariner, sailor, adventurer, or someone starting a new career.

Note: Can be understood in Korean Hanja but rarely used.

See Also:  Bon Voyage | Adventure | Travel

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Smooth Sailing一帆風順
yī fán fēng shùn
yi1 fan2 feng1 shun4
yi fan feng shun
i fan feng shun
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition



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bǎo chuán / bao3 chuan2
pao ch`uan / pao chuan
Chinese treasure ship, a type of large sailing ship in the fleet of Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He 鄭和|郑和[Zheng4 He2]


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fān chuán / fan1 chuan2
fan ch`uan / fan chuan
 hansen(p);hobune / はんせん(P);ほぶね
sailing ship; sailing boat; sailing vessel


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háng bān / hang2 ban1
hang pan
scheduled flight; flight number; plane; scheduled sailing; sailing number; passenger ship



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zhuǎn fān / zhuan3 fan1
chuan fan
to tack (of sailing ship); to jibe; to go about


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 baaku / baku / バーク (1) barque (three-masted sailing ship); bark; barc; (2) bark (of a tree, etc.); (place-name) Bourke (Australia); Burke; Barke

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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