nìng better; rather



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Provinces

辽宁 Liaoning
宁夏 Ningxia

Cities

南宁 Nanning, Guangxi
普宁 Puning, Guangdong
西宁 Xining, Qinghai
济宁 Jining, Shandong
宁波 Ningbo, Zhejiang
伊宁 Yining, Xinjiang

Proverbs

逢奸宁可玉碎,气正不求瓦全 féng jiān nìng kě yù suì, qì zhèng bù qiú wǎ quán It is better to die with honor than surrender
鸡犬不宁 jī quǎn bù ning All in turmoil and excitement
宁为玉碎,不为瓦全 nìng wéi yù suì, bù wéi wǎ quán Better to persevere than face destruction by standing out
宁做鸡头,不当凤尾 nìng zuò jītóu, bù dāng fèng wěi Better to be leader of a humble organization than the stooge of a grand one

Boys better than girls

There is still a preference for girls rather than boys, illegal gender selection is building up, there are now 119 boys for 100 girls. Traditionally boys stayed at or near home and worked with their family while girls left the village to be married off to another family. For a family to continue it therefore needed boys. Boys were also needed in the important ancestral rituals. Nowadays with severe birth control policies, couples prefer boys in order to continue the family line.
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Great Inventions

Great Inventions

Culture

The four great Chinese inventions are considered to be: paper; printing; compass and gunpowder. Other key inventions include the abacus, iron casting, pasta, silk etc.. However the production of paper and then printing must be considered the most important of these.
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