gèn stubborn

Note

Originally a picture of a person with a staring eye suggesting obstinancy. Also the ancient trigram for 'mountain'
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 138 used in: hěn (very) ; gēn (heel) ; liáng (good) ; jiān (difficult)

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Sounds same

gèn (Mountain) gèn

Different tone

gēn (heel)

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

Hutongs

Beijing and other old cities have a few areas remaining of traditional courtyard houses. It is the narrow lanes between the buildings that are called 'hutongs'. Although towns were laid out to a formal geometric plan the districts were developed informally and as individual families prospered or declined their houses extended or contracted. Over the centuries the ad hoc development led to many narrow and winding hutongs.
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