píng flat; level; smooth

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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
Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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