hài 12th earthly branch

Note

Originally a picture of a wild pig
Number of strokes 6

Different tone

hāi (sound of sighing) hái (still) hái (child) hǎi (sea)

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stroke order for 亥
Stroke order for character 亥, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license
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The Chinese language is rightly treasured as the country's greatest accomplishment. Our language section introduces the historical and linguistic background that greatly adds to the appreciation of China. The written script has fascinated Western scholars for centuries. In the language section we include some introductory lessons, a guide to how it is written and some of the oldest classical texts.

Britain's front door

You won't hear much from the guides about Shanghai's early history, they will say it was always an important Chinese city from ancient times. The truth is that China's second city, Shanghai, was essentially a British foundation. Soon after Britain won the first Opium War the British settlement was founded in 1843. It very rapidly developed and was known as 'Britain's front door'. Britain devolved power to the Shanghai International Settelement but British merchants were the dominant nationality. From 1760 with a population of 50,000 it grew to 5,000,000 by 1920.
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