jiàn healthy; strong

Sounds same

jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (to establish) jiàn (gap) jiàn (arrow)

Different tone

jiān (narrow) jiān (difficult) jiǎn (scissors)

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Provinces

褔健 Fujian

Du Fu

The famous Tang dynasty poet Du Fu's (杜甫 712 - 770) thatched cottage can still be seen at Chengdu the capital city of Sichuan province.
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Wed 10th Jan

The long cold trek to school

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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