suǒ actually; place; that which

Made up of [ door radical 63, dāo knife ]

Note

Consists of 'door' and 'axe' from the practice of chopping wood near to home and hence idea of 'place'
Number of strokes 8

Related characters


Using dāo : fēn (divide) chū (at first) jiǎn (scissors)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

萝卜白菜,各有所爱 luó bo bái cài, gè yǒu suǒ ài Everyone has their own preferences
所向无前 suǒ xiàng wú qián Invincible against all opponents

Foot binding

The tradition of binding girls feet so that they could barely walk came into widespread fashion at about the time of the Sui dynasty. The dimunitive feet and trotting gait was considered attractive and many women inflcited it on their daughters (up to one half of all girls) in the hope they would attract a good husband.
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The building of China's railways

The building of China's railways

History

The building of railways became a competitive scramble between foreign powers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Railways were seen as the key first step in opening up inland China for trade. Britain, France, Germany, Japan and America all invested in the building of them only for the investment to be lost in the following years of turmoil.
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