qì gas; spirit; emanation; energy


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Curling vapor rising from what was originally a bowl of steaming rice
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 84 used in: qì (steam)

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Sounds same

qì (steam)

Different tone

qī (seven) qī (phase) qí (board game) qí (his) qí (strange) qǐ (to rise)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

逢奸宁可玉碎,气正不求瓦全 féng jiān nìng kě yù suì, qì zhèng bù qiú wǎ quán It is better to die with honor than surrender
老气横秋 laǒ qì héng qiū No longer youthful

Phrases

气车 qì chē car
天气 tiān qì weather
The standing of women in China

The standing of women in China

Culture

Attitudes to women have varied greatly in China over the centuries. The traditional subservient position of women in society has only really changed in the last sixty years. Our section describes the role of women down the centuries including the role of concubines and how some Imperial women bucked the trend.
Wed 15th Feb

Honest students can still be found

All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.


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