qī seven; 7


Number of strokes 2

Sounds same

qī (phase)

Different tone

qí (board game) qí (his) qí (strange) qǐ (to rise) qì (gas) qì (steam)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 七
Stroke order for character 七, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

七台河 Qitaihe, Heilongjiang

Proverbs

乱七八糟 luàn qī bā zāo To be in a terrible mess. Dirty and filthy

Also

七夕节 Qīxìjié Chinese Valentines Festival

China's rail network

The development of railways in China 1860-1920 was driven by foreign capitalists. Different foreign nations built their own railways within their spheres of influence. This led to widespread resentment among Chinese people and it was not until 1949 that China started building its own network. The mountainous terrain over much of western China makes railways difficult to build, a link through to Tibet was only made in 2006. Proportionate to its size of population China still has a small network and recently it has been the construction of road and air links that has taken priority.
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Tue 28th Mar

Marrying the estate agent

China has for for many years had strict residence laws. If you want to live in the big cities you have to apply for a permit. An enterprising Shanghai property agent has made use of a loophole that is surely soon to be closed. You can get a residency permit if you marry someone with a permit and then get divorced. A man, we only know by family name Wang, has used this trick four times to sell property to women who would not otherwise be allowed to stay in the city. The woman were willing to pay about $9,000 for the residence permit.


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