shí ten; 10

Note

Like the roman numeral X it may represent the completion of the decimal count
Number of strokes 2

Radical

Index 24 used in: bàn (half) ; dé (virtue) ; gǔ (ancient) ; zài (to carry) ; mài (sell) ; shén (what) ; zhī (to support) ; dùn (shield) ; zhí (straight) ; zǎo (early)

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Sounds same

shí (time) shí (rock) shí (real) shí (food) shí (eat)

Different tone

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose) shī (corpse) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig) shì (is) shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (spirit) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 十
Stroke order for character 十, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

十堰 Shiyan, Hubei

Proverbs

三十六计,走为上策 sān shí liù jì, zǒu wéi shàng cè Sometimes it is best to avoid conflict altogether. Flight can be the best option
十年树木,百年树人 shí nián shù mù, bǎi nián shù rén Studying may be slow and arduous but is worth it
十全十美 shí quán shí měi Perfection; Faultless
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job done when only half done.
笑一笑,十年少 xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic

Phrases

四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
八点十分 bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553

Also

十二章纹 shí èr zhāng wén Imperial Insignia

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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The Great Wall

One of China's great accomplishments that is genuinely awe-inspiring is the Great Wall. On our page describing the wall we debunk some of the many myths surrounding its construction. For centuries the wall has stood unused and so large sections have fallen into disrepair. The sections to the north of Beijing are the most visited and here the Great Wall snakes its way up and over mountains.
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