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


Number of strokes 4

Radical

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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

The start of China's humiliation

The opium wars (1838-40 and 1956-60) marked the start of China's century of humiliation. Britain's refusal to stop importing opium was the initial event. Even though opium had been used in China for centuries the British variety was much more potent and addictive. Opium was cheap as supply by ship made it more economic to transport. British threats were not taken very seriously until it was far too late when Nanjing came under threat of bombardment. The second war, carried out jointly with the French opened up many more coastal ports for trade with Europe and America.
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