kǒu mouth

Note

Representation of an open mouth
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 30 used in: yòu (right) ; hé (together) ; wèn (ask) ; jiào (called) ; yǔ (language) ; shǐ (history) ; zhī (one) ; chī (to eat) ; fú (good fortune) ; fù (rich) ; gǔ (ancient) ; hēng (prosperous) ; huò (maybe) ; jiù (fault) ; jūn (monarch) ; kě (can) ; mìng (life) ; rú (as) ; shàng (still) ; shì (matter) ; suī (although) ; tái (typhoon) ; xǐ (to be fond of) ; zhī (to know) ; zhōu (surname Zhou) ; zú (foot) ; hào (name) ; gōng (palace) ; jù (sentence) ; mǎ (?) ; yuē (to speak) ; gǒu (dog) ; hé (to close) ; jí (lucky) ; lìng (other) ; bā (supposition or suggestion) ; xiōng (elder brother) ; hāi (sound of sighing) ; míng (name) ; gào (to tell) ; zhān (to observe) ; hòu (behind) ; táng (Tang) ; gè (each) ; chàng (to sing) ; tīng (to listen) ; hē (drink) ; yǎo (to bite) ; ne (and you?) ; chuán (boat) ; huí (to circle)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

海口 Haikou, Hainan
张家口 Zhangjiakou, Hebei
营口 Yingkou, Liaoning

Proverbs

虎口拔牙 hǔ kǒu bá yá To be very daring and/or to take unnecessary risks
祸从口出 huò cóng kǒu chū Be careful what you say
口蜜腹剑 kǒu mì fù jiàn Disguising ill intent with honeyed words. Deceitful and dangerous
口是心非 kǒu shì xīn fēi To say the opposite of what you really think
苦口良药 kǔ kǒu liáng yaò It may take hard work and discomfort to achieve something worthwhile
目瞪口呆 mù dèng kǒu dāi Dumb struck
Imperial servants - the eunuchs

Imperial servants - the eunuchs

History

For over two thousand years the Chinese Emperor was served by a large number of Imperial servants who had castrated as young boys. With no possibility of having children themselves they were seen as having more loyalty to the Emperor than the Emperor's often scheming family. Some eunuchs became fabulously rich as a result of their total control of access to the Emperor.

Chairman Liu

Many people may forget that Chairman Mao did not lead China from 1949 until his death in 1976. In fact Mao gave up the leadership of China to his then trusted Vice Chairman Liu Shaoqi 1959-68. It was when Mao saw Liu and Deng moving China towards a market ecomony that Mao steped in and imposed hard-line Communism. Liu Shaoqi died in miserable circumstances under house arrest.
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