Classically, when used in place names, yang refers to the "sunny side."
In the northern hemisphere, sunlight comes predominantly from the south, and so the south face of a mountain (or the north face of a river valley) will get more direct sunlight. Therefore, yang means a place is on the south slope of a mountain (or on the north bank of a river valley). For example, Luoyang is on the north bank of the Luo River valley.
In the same way, yin would be the opposite, the "shady side." Yin means that a place is on the north slope of a mountain (or on the south bank of a river). For example, Huayin is on the north slope of Mount Hua
Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive
• Compound ideographs (会 意 – joined meaning)
(also called “associative characters”) are one category
of combined characters.
• In associative characters, two or more elements are
combined to suggest a new meaning.
• The elements which form the combined characters are
either pictographic or ideographic characters. They can
also be symbols derived from the independent characters.
Sometimes a combined character can also be used to be
an element of a new character.
míng rì yuè
• The character 明 is consist of two pictographic characters “日” and “月 ”.
Both “日 ” (sun) and “月 ” (moon) shine and bring light. So the new
character 明 , which is consist of the two pictographic characters means “bright”.
• The character 体 has two parts: “亻” and “本 ”. “亻” is
the symbol derived from the pictogram “人 ”(person, people) ，
and “本 ”(root) is an ideographic character. So the new associative
character 体 means “the root of a person - body”.
• An important concept in traditional Chinese philosophy, esp.
• Describes opposite or contrary forces in the world.
yáng: fire, sky, sun, masculinity and daytime…
yīn: water, earth, moon, femininity and nighttime…
• The opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent
with each other
• lies at the origins of classical
Chinese science and philosophy,
traditional Chinese medicine
and Chinese martial arts.
Classic taoist Taijitu
阴(yīn) and 阳(yáng)