jiǔ nine; 9

Made up of [ hidden; concealed; small radical 5]

Note

May be related to idea of approaching ten as it does contain a cross element
Number of strokes 2

Related characters


Using : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) xí (to practice) yǐ (to use) 亿 yì (100,000,000) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) lìng (to order) hé (why)

Sounds same

jiǔ (wine) jiǔ (long time)

Different tone

jiù (fault) jiù (at once) jiù (old)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 九
Stroke order for character 九, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

九江 Jiujiang, Jiangxi

Proverbs

九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter.
一龙生九种,种种不同 yī lóng shēng jiǔ zhǒng, zhǒng zhǒng bù tóng Brothers and sisters may not resemble each other
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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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