gòng common; general

Made up of [ eight; 8 radical 12]

Note

Combines the characters for 'divide' and 'selfish' giving the concept of private things being divided up for public benefit
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using : fēn (divide) gōng (public) qí (his) sì (four) liù (six) xīng (prosper) xué (cave) dài (to respect)

Different tone

gōng (work) gōng (palace) gōng (public) gōng (accomplishment) gōng (bow) gōng (to provide) gǒng (two hands)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

有目共睹 yǒu mù gòng dǔ Obvious to everybody

Cathay

A strange name you sometimes see for China is 'Cathay'. This needs a little explaining, it is not self evident just like the name 'China' itself. The name Cathay is mainly used in Russia and Central Asia. This is because the name is derived from the northern Chinese tribe of Khitan or Qidan. The Qidan people formed the Northern Jin dynasty just before the Mongol dynasty. It may have been the Mongol conquest that promulgated the name ‘Cathay’.
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