kāi begin; open

Made up of [ gǒng two hands radical 55]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Simplified picture of a barred gateway, originally had two hands lifting the bar to open the gate

Related characters


Using gǒng : 廿 niàn (twenty) yì (different)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

开封 Kaifeng, Henan

Proverbs

迟开的花未必不香 chí kāi de huā wèi bì bú xiāng Success late in life is still success
开门见山 kāi mén jiàn shān To come straight to the point. Avoid procrastination
鸣锣开道 míng luó kāi dao To prepare the public for an event
网开一面 wǎng kāi yī miàn To give someone a chance of escape

Also

鬼门开 guǐ mén kāi Ghost Gate
Wed 15th Feb

Honest students can still be found

All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.


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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Qīng chū yú lán ér shèng yú lán [qing chu yu lan er sheng yu lan]
indigo blue comes out foremost blue but excel foremost blue
Indigo is obtained from the indigo plant, but such color is bluer than the plant itself
Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.
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