běi north

Different tone

bēi (cup) bèi (shell)

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Pronunciation

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Provinces

北京 Beijing
河北 Hebei
湖北 Hubei

Cities

淮北 Huaibei, Anhui
北京 Beijing City, Beijing

Proverbs

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

Also

台北市 Táiběi Shì Taipei

Chinese Language

Such an ancient language as Chinese has inevitably gathered very many characters and words that have histories going back hundred of years - far longer than any other currently spoken language. However the structure of Chinese language is quite easy to pick up and continues to be a source of fascination.
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dào road; way; path

Made up of [ chuò walking radical 162, shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc]

Origin

Combines the radical for 'walking' with a representation of 'leader' and gives 'road' the Daoist word for 'path of virtue'
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