dōng winter

Sounds same

dōng (east)

Different tone

dǒng (to understand) dòng (to use)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 冬
Stroke order for character 冬, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Also

冬至 Dōngzhì Dongzhi Festival

Foot binding

The tradition of binding girls feet so that they could barely walk came into widespread fashion at about the time of the Sui dynasty. The diminutive feet and trotting gait was considered attractive and many women inflicted it on their daughters (up to one half of all girls) in the hope they would attract a good husband.
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