duō many

Made up of [ sunset; evening radical 36, sunset; evening radical 36]

Note

The concept of 'many' is denoted by two duplicate character for 'evening' indicating many hard day's toil
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using : wài (outside) yè (night) suì (year) míng (name)
Using : wài (outside) yè (night) suì (year) míng (name)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

鄂尔多斯 Ordos, Inner Mongolia

Proverbs

交个朋友多条路,树个敌人多堵墙 jiāo gè péng you duō tiáo lù, shù gè dí rén duō dǔ qiáng It is better to make friends than enemies
能者多劳 néng zhě duō láo Busy people are busy because they are capable
少见多怪 shaǒ jiàn duō guài Unsettled by a new environment
夜长梦多 yè cháng mèng duō When in hard times it is foolish to merely dream of better things

Phrases

多少 duō shǎo how much
你要多少瓶葡萄酒 nǐ yào duō shǎo píng pú táo jiǔ You want how many bottles of wine?
Tue 22nd Nov 2016

No smoking in China

One of the disappointing facts about China has been the apparent race to be the number one country for cigarette smoking. The current statistic is that the each adult in China smokes an average of 6 cigarettes a day putting the country as number 9 - below Russia on a per capita basis but due to China's population that puts the country on top of the table for total tobacco consumption. That for the year 2009 amounts to 2,640,000,000,000 cigarettes (yes 2.64 trillion!). About 60% of men smoke but only 4% of women in China.

Government efforts to curb smoking have not been entirely successful. Restaurants and other enclosed places had a ban some years ago. Now (November 2016) the government is enacting legislation to ban smoking in most public places. A fine of 500 yuan can be imposed for smoking in public parks, near children and near historic monuments.

It is likely that the new law will be widely flouted until the ban is combined with public health campaign to convince the 300 million smokers to give up. Personally speaking I have become so sensitive to smoke that I find it unpleasant when wafted on the breeze from a hundred yards away, so traveling in China can be rather tricky.

smoking, cigarettes

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