qīng clear; distinct

Made up of [ shuǐ water radical 85, qīng green; blue radical 174]

Note

The water radical gives idea of transparent while 'qing - green' gives the phonetic
Number of strokes 11

Related characters


Using shuǐ : jiǔ (wine) hǎi (sea) fǎ (law) mǎn (to fill) zé (pool) zhì (to rule) qiǎn (shallow) hàn (perspiration) méi (have not) pào (bubble) hóng (flood) gǎng (harbor) qì (steam)
Using qīng : qíng (affection) jīng (refined) qǐng (please) qíng (clear sky) jīng (eye)

Sounds same

qīng (green)

Different tone

qíng (affection) qíng (clear sky) qǐng (please) qìng (celebrate)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

当局者迷,旁观者清 dāng jú zhě mí, páng guān zhě qīng If too closely involved may not see all the issues objectively

Also

清明节 Qīngmíngjié Qingming Festival

nà that

Made up of [ fù place radical 163]

Origin

The righthand 'place' radical can be thought of as suggesting 'elsewhere'; 'other' and so 'that' in contrast to zhe this
Full information for

Burning the books

One of the actions that the First Qin Emperor Shihuangdi is famous for is 'the burning of the books'. Although this is seen as a repressive and authoritarian move it has to be put in context. One of the reasons for the move was to impose a single written language over the whole nation, destroying the old books was intended to accelerate this process. The move had the fortunate consequence that many old books were hidden away to escape destruction and were 'lost' for many centuries before being later recovered.
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