líng zero; nought

Made up of [ rain radical 173, lìng to order; to command; an order ]

Note

The combination of 'rain' and phonetic for 'ling' gave original meaning of a fine mist. Perhaps helpful to think of an enveloping mist where nothing can be seen
Number of strokes 13

Related characters


Using : xuě (snow) léi (thunder)
Using lìng : lín (neighbor) lǐng (neck) líng (age) lián (to pity)

Sounds same

líng (mound) líng (age)

Different tone

lǐng (neck) lìng (other) lìng (to order)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 零
Stroke order for character 零, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license
Tue 7th Mar

Urban plans change

Any recent visitor to China will have come away astonished by the pace of change. Huge, new buildings pop-up everywhere. The government has a strategy of planned construction of whole new urban centers. While the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of Deng Xiaoping's era have prospered there is now more than example of how this strategy has failed to deliver. Ordos has been widely featured as a modern ghost town because a local boom from coal mining did not take place. Other developments within Tianjin, Kunming cities and at Yingkou, Liaoning have also failed to find take-up by companies. The government strategy seems to be moving from designating new cities to develop to following industrial development - only putting new urban cities where there is a demonstrable need for them.


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Wed 15th Feb

Honest students can still be found

All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.


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