lǐ texture; inner essence; intrinsic order

Made up of [ jade radical 96, inside; chinese mile; village radical 166]
Number of strokes 11

Related characters

Using : quán (all) zhǔ (owner) rùn (leap) zhù (to live) wán (toy) xiàn (to appear)
Using : tóng (boy servant)

Sounds same

lǐ (inside) lǐ (ceremony) lǐ (plum)

Different tone

lí (Fire) lì (strength) lì (stand) lì (sharp) lì (strict) lì (beautiful) lì (to experience)

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stroke order for 理
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大理 Dali, Yunnan


泥人怕雨,谎言怕理 ní rén pà yǔ, huǎng yán pà lǐ Over time lies will eventually be laid bare
China's Ancient Script

China's Ancient Script


The discovery of a huge number of 'oracle bones' has added greatly to the knowledge of the origins of China's written script. It pushes back the written language to at least 3,500 years ago. Careful study of the inscriptions is still revealing information about life in Shang dynasty times.

Port Arthur

The city of Port Arthur now a part of Dalian at the tip of the Liaodong peninsular, played a significant part in the interplay between foreign powers in the late 19th century. It was called Port Arthur by the British and its strategic position commanding the sea routes into Tianjin and the Manchurian provinces made it a prized position. In the Battle of Port Arthur Japan and Russia fought each other for control (1904-5) and Japan became the victors with control over the port and the whole province. At the defeat of Japan in World War 2 it was leased to Russia 1945-54.
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