píng flat; level; smooth

Sounds same

píng (bottle)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 平
Stroke order for character 平, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

平顶山 Pingdingshan, Henan
四平 Siping, Jilin
南平 Nanping, Fujian

People

邓小平 Deng Xiaoping
习近平 Xi Jinping

Proverbs

男女平等 nán nǔ píng děng Treating men and women the same
Growing rice in China

Growing rice in China

Culture

The cultivation of rice for food has been carried out in China for the last 10,000 years. Over this time about 50,000 different varieties have been bred selectively for every possible soil and climate type. Recently it has proved cheaper to import rice rather than grow it in China, so rather surprisingly China is a major importer of this staple food.

Women in China

Gender equality in China has been a long time coming. Traditions dating back thounsands of years are hard to shift. There has yet to be a woman appointed to the top rung of government committee. Change really only started to come after the foundation of the Peoples Republic in 1949. Our page on attitudes to women covers the few Imperial women leaders, marriage and concubines as well as foot binding.
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