běi north

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bēi (cup) bèi (shell)

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北京 Beijing
河北 Hebei
湖北 Hubei


淮北 Huaibei, Anhui
北京 Beijing City, Beijing
北海 Beihai, Guangxi


天南地北 tiān nán dì běi Places or opinions that are very far apart


台北市 Táiběi Shì Taipei
Chinese proverb


Shù daǒ hú sūn sàn [shu dao hu sun san]
tree fall monkey troupe break up
When a tree falls, the monkeys scatter. When a leader loses power, his followers are disorganized.
An organization needs a strong leader. Chaos results when a leader is deposed.
Chinese proverb


Fēi qín zǒu shòu [fei qin zou shou]
flying bird walking animal
Birds and beasts
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