tiē to stick; to paste; to keep close to

Made up of [ bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154, zhān to observe; to divine ]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using bèi : guì (precious) zhēn (chaste) pín (poor) shǎng (to hand down)
Using zhān : zhàn (station) zhān (to glue) zhàn (to fight) diàn (inn) zuān (to drill) diǎn (spot)

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Pronunciation

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Fèng máo lín jiǎo [feng mao lin jiao]
phoenix hair unicorn horn
As rare as phoenix feathers and unicorn horns
Seeking the unobtainable

Chinese Imperial Ideal

To some of the first European visitors to the Ming dynasty Imperial court the system seemed as close to the ideal of fair and just government. The Emperor was advised by the top intellectuals and was seen to take great care to rule the people wisely. This was close to the Socratic plea for rule by a Philosopher King as described in Plato's book The Republic. The Imperial court was imbued in high culture: painting, music, literature and calligraphy not the selfish, profane excesses of the monarchs back home in Europe.
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