guō pot; pan


Alternative traditional form of character:

Different tone

guó (country) guò (past)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

热锅上的蚂蚁 rè guō shàng de mǎ yǐ In a state of feverish activity and excitement

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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