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

pǔ general


Full information for
Tue 22nd Nov 2016

No smoking in China

One of the disappointing facts about China has been the apparent race to be the number one country for cigarette smoking. The current statistic is that the each adult in China smokes an average of 6 cigarettes a day putting the country as number 9 - below Russia on a per capita basis but due to China's population that puts the country on top of the table for total tobacco consumption. That for the year 2009 amounts to 2,640,000,000,000 cigarettes (yes 2.64 trillion!). About 60% of men smoke but only 4% of women in China.

Government efforts to curb smoking have not been entirely successful. Restaurants and other enclosed places had a ban some years ago. Now (November 2016) the government is enacting legislation to ban smoking in most public places. A fine of 500 yuan can be imposed for smoking in public parks, near children and near historic monuments.

It is likely that the new law will be widely flouted until the ban is combined with public health campaign to convince the 300 million smokers to give up. Personally speaking I have become so sensitive to smoke that I find it unpleasant when wafted on the breeze from a hundred yards away, so traveling in China can be rather tricky.

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