hēi black

Made up of [ huǒ fire (as radical) radical 86, earth; soil radical 32]

Note

Black ink is usually made from soot, which can be collecting on glass held over a flame
Number of strokes 12

Related characters


Using huǒ : zhǔ (to cook) diǎn (spot)
Using : zuò (seat) qù (go) lǐ (inside) zuò (sit) chéng (city walls) dì (earth) shèng (holy) zhì (to arrive) kuài (piece) zài (exist) guī (jade tablet) guī (jade tablet)

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Pronunciation

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

Provinces

黑龙江 Heilongjiang

Proverbs

近朱者赤,近墨者黑 jìn zhū zhě chì, jìn mò zhě hēi Taking on the color of the company kept. Adapting to surroundings
天下乌鸦一般黑 tiān xià wū yā yī bān hēi Bad people are all the same. You find bad people everywhere

Also

hēi black
Thu 24th Aug

Eyesore chimney to be demolished

We are familiar with China's rapid building program. Huge new tower blocks appearing almost overnight with little apparent city planning.

Yet a long running campaign to remove a chimney that has scarred the Beijing skyline for 40 years is about to bear fruit as the eyesore is soon due to be demolished. It is its proximity to ancient buildings in central Beijing that has fueled the continued moves to get it removed. It is close to the Tianning Pagoda built in the 12th century.

It all goes to show that there remains some respect for old culture, it is not all disappearing under bulldozers to make way for shiny new buildings. However another government policy does come into play that may also explain the success of the campaign. The Beijing authorities are very keen to move all polluting heavy industry and their chimneys away from the center of the city to improve air quality rather than worry about the aesthetics of the skyline.


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Chinese proverb

Proverb

谈兵
Zhǐ shàng tán bīng [zhi shang tan bing]
paper on chat weapon
Talk about battle strategy. An armchair general.
Making theoretical plans ignoring practical considerations
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
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