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
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