niú ox; cow; bull

Note

Pictogram of an ox, originally with two horns now with only the left hand one
Number of strokes 4

Radical

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 牛
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Proverbs

对牛弹琴 duì niú tán qín To address an inappropriate and unappreciative audience
九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter
牛鼎烹鸡 niú dǐng pēng jī Inappropriate level of preparation. A minor event does not require such large preparation

Also

niú ox
犀牛 xī niú rhinoceros
The Emperor's Canal

The Emperor's Canal

China

The Grand or Emperor's canal is the longest canal system in the world. It links Hangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north - over 1,100 miles. Designed to carry huge amounts of rice from the rich lands of the south to the arid north it proved to be China's life line for over a thousand years. The canal enabled China a transportation system free from the threats of storms and pirates.
Thu 7th Jun

Boom in France-China trade

The power of the huge Chinese economy makes itself felt in all sorts of unexpected ways. One area of recent concern is the demand for a French export that is not food or wine but oak timber. China denuded itself of forests over the centuries and there is a severe shortage of quality hardwood. (There is however plenty of softwood (conifer) available from the north-eastern provinces). To allow woods to regenerate there are strong controls on felling and so China imports more timber than any other country. France has a good deal of deciduous woodland that has been carefully managed over hundreds of years so there is a good supply of mature oak which requires 100 years to grow. There is now very strong demand in China for quality wooden oak floors and furniture. Although this may be good for France's balance of payments it is bad news for the saw mills in France as the timber is sent to China unprocessed as it's far cheaper to process it there.


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