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

Equality of women

The role of women in China was through most of the Imperial Era one of subjugation to men. Women had to defer to men in all things; it was only as a widow that she would have the power to control a household. The position eased on the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 but it was not until the Communist party victory in 1949 that equality began to be introduced across the country.
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Firecrackers

The loud bangs from strings of firecrackers are often heard when the Chinese have something to celebrate. Traditionally gunpowder was packed into the hollow stem of bamboo, but now paper and plastic are used for the casing. Liuyang in Hunan is a key center in the manufacture of firecrackers.
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