The name Shanghai in Chinese / Japanese...

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 shàng hǎi
 shan hai
Shanghai Scroll

上海 is the Chinese and Japanese name for Shanghai, China.

When pronounced as, Joukai, it can be a surname in Japanese.

Ocean / Sea Scroll

海 is the character often used for sea or ocean in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In some context, this can refer to the beach, or an area near the sea, such as “Shanghai” (same hai is the second character of Shanghai).

If you are looking for a universal word for ocean or sea - or can't decide which character for ocean or sea that you want, pick this one!

海 is also a common female given name in Japan - also a good name for a restaurant as “Umi Sushi” would mean “Ocean Sushi Restaurant.”

海Please note that our Japanese master calligrapher will tend to write this character in the form shown to the right (a line instead of two dots). Both versions are correct, and can be read in either language. Let us know if you have a preference when you order.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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surname Wu; area comprising southern Jiangsu, northern Zhejiang and Shanghai; name of states in Southern China at different historical periods


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shàng hǎi
    shang4 hai3
shang hai

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Shanghai municipality, central east China, abbr. to 滬|沪[Hu4]
Shanghai (China); (place-name) Shanghai (China)


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dù wēi
    du4 wei1
tu wei

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Du Wei (1982-), Shanghai soccer star; Dewey (name)


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huá jī
    hua2 ji1
hua chi
 kokkei / kokke

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Funny / Humorous
comical; funny; amusing (old pr. [gu3 ji1]); huaji, a form of comedy performance popular in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) funny; comical; humorous; laughable; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) ridiculous; silly; absurd

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short name for Shanghai
(abbreviation) (obsolete) (See 上海) Shanghai (China)


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shàng hé
    shang4 he2
shang ho
SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) (abbr. for 上海合作組織|上海合作组织[Shang4 hai3 He2 zuo4 Zu3 zhi1])
(rare) (See 外合) superior conjunction; (place-name) Kamiai


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shàng qì
    shang4 qi4
shang ch`i
    shang chi
abbr. for 上海汽車工業集團|上海汽车工业集团, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC)



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shàng zhèng
    shang4 zheng4
shang cheng
Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), abbr. for 上海證券交易所|上海证券交易所[Shang4 hai3 Zheng4 quan4 Jiao1 yi4 suo3]



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jīng hù
    jing1 hu4
ching hu
Beijing and Shanghai



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huì fēng
    hui4 feng1
hui feng
Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)



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nán huì
    nan2 hui4
nan hui
Nanhui former district of Shanghai, now in Pudong New District 浦東新區|浦东新区[Pu3 dong1 xin1 qu1], Shanghai



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wú sōng
    wu2 song1
wu sung
Wusong river and dock area in Shanghai



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wú yǔ
    wu2 yu3
wu yü
Wu dialects (spoken primarily in Shanghai and surrounding areas)



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zhōu zhuāng
    zhou1 zhuang1
chou chuang
Zhouzhuang, old canal town between Shanghai and Suzhou, tourist attraction


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jiā dìng
    jia1 ding4
chia ting
Jiading district of northwest Shanghai; final reign name 1208-1224 of South Song emperor Ningzong 寧宗|宁宗[Ning2 zong1]
(given name) Yoshisada



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wài tān
    wai4 tan1
wai t`an
    wai tan
the Shanghai Bund or Waitan
(place-name) The Bund (Shanghai, China)



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dà shà
    da4 sha4
ta sha
(used in the names of grand buildings such as 百老匯大廈|百老汇大厦 Broadway Mansions (in Shanghai) or 帝國大廈|帝国大厦 Empire State Building etc)



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fèng xián
    feng4 xian2
feng hsien
Fengxian suburban district of Shanghai


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yáo míng
    yao2 ming2
yao ming
Yao Ming (1980-), retired Chinese basketball player, played for CBA Shanghai Sharks 1997-2002 and for NBA Houston Rockets 2002-2011



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bǎo shān
    bao3 shan1
pao shan
 houzan / hozan
Baoshang District of Shanghai; Baoshan District of Shuangyashan city 雙鴨山|双鸭山[Shuang1 ya1 shan1], Heilongjiang; Baoshan or Paoshan township in Hsinchu County 新竹縣|新竹县[Xin1 zhu2 Xian4], northwest Taiwan
(personal name) Houzan
jewel mountain


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chóng míng
    chong2 ming2
ch`ung ming
    chung ming
 takaakira / takakira
Chongming island county, Shanghai
(given name) Takaakira


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chuān shā
    chuan1 sha1
ch`uan sha
    chuan sha
Chuansha, name of street and park in Pudong New District 浦東新區|浦东新区[Pu3 dong1 xin1 qu1], Shanghai



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fù dà
    fu4 da4
fu ta
Fudan University, Shanghai, abbr. for 復旦大學|复旦大学[Fu4 dan4 Da4 xue2]



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fù dàn
    fu4 dan4
fu tan
Fudan University, Shanghai, abbr. for 復旦大學|复旦大学[Fu4 dan4 Da4 xue2]


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sōng jiāng
    song1 jiang1
sung chiang
Songjiang suburban district of Shanghai
Matsue (city in Shimane); (p,s,f) Matsue



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pǔ dōng
    pu3 dong1
p`u tung
    pu tung
 puudon / pudon
Pudong, subprovincial district of Shanghai
(place-name) Pudong (Shanghai International Airport)



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hù shàng
    hu4 shang4
hu shang
alternative name for Shanghai 上海[Shang4 hai3]; at (or in) Shanghai



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hù jù
    hu4 ju4
hu chü
Shanghai opera



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hù níng
    hu4 ning2
hu ning
Shanghai and Nanjing



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hù jiāng
    hu4 jiang1
hu chiang
alternative name for Shanghai 上海[Shang4 hai3]

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Shanghai上海shan hai / shanhaishàng hǎi
shang4 hai3
shang hai
umihǎi / hai3 / hai

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Ocean / Sea Scroll
Ocean / Sea Scroll
Ocean / Sea Scroll
Ocean / Sea Scroll

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Ocean / Sea Vertical Portrait
Ocean / Sea Horizontal Wall Scroll
Ocean / Sea Vertical Portrait

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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