lèi tired; weary; to strain

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, silk radical 120]

Note

Originally meaning to 'pile up'. As it consists of 'field' and 'silk' it can be thought of as the traditional work of men and women
Number of strokes 11

Related characters


Using tián : nán (male) léi (thunder) māo (cat) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) jiǎ (first in list) shēn (to extend) huà (to draw) sī (to think) dài (to respect)
Using : hóng (red) gěi (give) zhǐ (paper) jīng (Classic) wéi (to preserve) gāng (guiding principle) fēn (numerous) zǔ (to form) xù (beginnings) jié (knot) jì (order) fǎng (fine woven silk fabric)

Different tone

léi (thunder)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

干活不由东累死也无功 gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done
Thu 24th Aug

Eyesore chimney to be demolished

We are familiar with China's rapid building program. Huge new tower blocks appearing almost overnight with little apparent city planning.

Yet a long running campaign to remove a chimney that has scarred the Beijing skyline for 40 years is about to bear fruit as the eyesore is soon due to be demolished. It is its proximity to ancient buildings in central Beijing that has fueled the continued moves to get it removed. It is close to the Tianning Pagoda built in the 12th century.

It all goes to show that there remains some respect for old culture, it is not all disappearing under bulldozers to make way for shiny new buildings. However another government policy does come into play that may also explain the success of the campaign. The Beijing authorities are very keen to move all polluting heavy industry and their chimneys away from the center of the city to improve air quality rather than worry about the aesthetics of the skyline.


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