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
Epic and formative episode in the rise of the Communists

Epic and formative episode in the rise of the Communists

Modern History

The tales of the heroic struggle of thousands of soldiers over thousands of miles of challenging terrain were held up as the pivotal episode in the early days of the Communist party. It was during the Long March that Mao Zedong emerged as leader with his own vision for the future of China.

Noon day gun

One of the many traditions that have survived the hand-over of Hong Kong from the U.K. to China is the firing of the noon day gun. It is mentioned in Noel Coward's well known song 'Mad dogs and Englishmen'. The tradition started in the 1860s and still attracts tourists to see the ceremony each day. Whether the Chinese government will be happy for this echo of colonialism to live on for much longer is hard to say.
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