齿 chǐ tooth

Made up of [ zhǐ to stop; to prohibit; until; footprint radical 77]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

'Zhi' gives the rough phonetic the lower part is a picture of one tooth, in the old form there were four teeth
Number of strokes 8

Related characters


Using zhǐ : bù (a step) wǔ (martial) zhèng (correct) zú (foot) cǐ (this) dìng (to set)

Different tone

chī (to eat) chì (step)

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stroke order for 齿
Stroke order for character 齿, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license
Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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Song dynasty

Song dynasty

History

The Song dynasty is a period of Chinese refinement and peace rather than military prowess. Great strides were taken in the creative arts and literature. Prosperity from the growing trade by sea rather than overland fueled the building of huge cities. The eventual conquest by the Mongol hordes brought the dynasty to a tragic close.
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