dǒu unit of weight; peck; cup or dipper shaped object; ten sheng


Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 68

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Different tone

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量 fán rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dòu liàng Judging by appearance is dangerous
龙争虎斗 lóng zhēng hǔ dòu Struggle between two equal leaders
人不可貌相,海水不可斗量 rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dǒu liáng First appearances can be deceptive

Chinese Dark Age

Historians like to see parallels when comparing world history. The Qin-Han dynasties from 221BCE to 220CE is contemporary with the Roman Empire 27BCE to 284CE and the fall of the Han like the fall of Rome brought in a long period of chaos and disunity. In Europe the Dark Ages were longer and deeper than in China. Chinese language and traditions hung on in patches and knowledge was never completely lost. China quickly found its own strength again on re-unification under the Sui dynasty 581CE. So in China the Dark Ages lasted 360 years, in Europe they are considered to have lasted over 500 years.
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