shēn body; life; oneself

Note

Originally a picture of a pregnant woman but now extended to mean body in general
Number of strokes 7

Radical

Index 158 used in: shè (to shoot) ; tǎng (to recline)

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Sounds same

shēn (to extend)

Different tone

shén (god) shén (what)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

身临其境 shēn lín qí jìng To be present at a location. A witness to an event
身体力行 shēn tǐ lì xíng Following the advice given oneself
羊毛出在羊身上 yáng maó chū zài yáng shēn shàng Unrealistic expectations. You get what you pay for

Also

护身符 hù shēn fú amulet
The Qin Dynasty

The Qin Dynasty

History

The brief spell of rule by the Qin (only 15 years) defined much of what we now about China. The brutal and centralized rule of Qin Shihuangdi set common standards for all sorts of things across his new vast empire including measurements and the Chinese script.
Quintessence of the Nation

Quintessence of the Nation

Culture

Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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