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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stroke order for 七
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七台河 Qitaihe, Heilongjiang


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七夕节 Qīxìjié Chinese Valentines Festival

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