Had a look around in my dictionaries wondering if anyone has any input as to why a 秋千 is 秋＋千, what's the significance?
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“秋千” in the acient times of China was written as "鞦韆"。——at that times, in order to pick up fruits from the high trees or patch up something higher, the old Chinese people usually binded themselves with ropes from animals'skins and it made themselves wave from one place to another. And now we use a common rope instead of skins, so “革” is removed.
For more please refer the Chinese version：荡秋千的来历