shǔ office; bureau; to sign

Made up of [ wǎng net radical 122, zhě in process of; involved in ]
Number of strokes 13

Related characters


Using wǎng : zhì (to install)
Using zhě : dōu (all) zhū (hog) zhǔ (to cook) xù (beginnings)

Sounds same

shǔ (heat)

Different tone

shū (book) shū (spear) shù (tree)

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Tue 28th Mar

Marrying the estate agent

China has for for many years had strict residence laws. If you want to live in the big cities you have to apply for a permit. An enterprising Shanghai property agent has made use of a loophole that is surely soon to be closed. You can get a residency permit if you marry someone with a permit and then get divorced. A man, we only know by family name Wang, has used this trick four times to sell property to women who would not otherwise be allowed to stay in the city. The woman were willing to pay about $9,000 for the residence permit.


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