尔 ěr thus; so; like that
Alternative traditional form
of character: 爾
Number of strokes 5
Sounds same耳 ěr (ear)
Different tone儿 ér (child)
儿 ér (legs)
而 ér (as well as)
二 èr (two)
Ordos, Inner Mongolia
The brief spell of rule by the Qin (only 15 years) defined much of what we now about China. The brutal and centralized rule of Qin Shihuangdi
set common standards for all sorts of things across his new vast empire including measurements
and the Chinese script.
Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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