dōng east


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Some say it is a representation of seeing the sun through a tree that has been recently simplified in structure, others it is a shared phonetic for a 'bundle'. One of the few characters not to have a radical.
Number of strokes 5

Sounds same

dōng (winter)

Different tone

dǒng (to understand) dòng (to use)

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Pronunciation

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Provinces

广东 Guangdong
山东 Shandong

Cities

东莞 Dongguan, Guangdong
丹东 Dandong, Liaoning
东营 Dongying, Shandong

People

毛泽东 Mao Zedong

Proverbs

东奔西走 dōng bēn xī zǒu Be busy; bustling about
东施效颦 dōng shī xiaò pín Ludicrous self-conceit
干活不由东累死也无功 gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done

qiǎn shallow

Made up of [ shuǐ water radical 85, jiān narrow; small]

Origin

The water radical combined with 'thin' may suggest 'shallow' but 'thin' is also a rough phonetic
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