shēn body; life; oneself


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


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

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Sounds same

shēn (to extend)

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shén (god) shén (what)

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


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


护身符 hù shēn fú amulet
Chinese proverb


Cū zhī [cu zhi da ye]
thick branch big leaf
A large branch with large leaves. Unable to draw in fine detail
Lack of attention to detail
The standing of women in China

The standing of women in China


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.
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