bēi cup

Different tone

běi (north) bèi (shell)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

杯水车薪 bēi shuǐ chē xīn Put in insufficient effort into solving a problem

Phrases

我们要两杯咖啡 wǒ mén yào liǎng bēi kā fēi We want to cups of coffee
我们喝了四杯绿茶 wǒ mén hē le sì bēi lù chá We have drunk four cups of green tea

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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Dip into history

Our history section has a page for each major dynasty, for the whole period from the time of myths and legends 5,000 years ago all the way through the Han, Tang, Song, Ming dynasties to the last great dynasty the Qing .
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