tóu head

Made up of [ big; great; large; very radical 37]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Substantially simplified pictogram of head upon a body
Number of strokes 5

Related characters

Using : tiān (sky) tài (too) qìng (celebrate) fū (husband) mò (do not) shí (real) shī (to lose) měi (beautiful) qí (strange) yāng (center)

Sounds same

tóu (head)

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汕头 Shantou, Guangdong
包头 Baotou, Inner Mongolia


好马不吃回头草 hǎo mǎ bù chī huí tóu cǎo Pride may forbid a person going back to his home town after failure. Do not dwell on past actions, progress forward
虎头蛇尾 hǔ tóu shé wěi Begins promisingly but ends badly
焦头烂额 jiāo tóu làn é In terrible trouble
蚂蚁啃骨头 mǎ yǐ kěn gǔ tou Dogged perseverance to achieve a long term end
宁做鸡头,不当凤尾 nìng zuò jītóu, bù dāng fèng wěi Better to be leader of a humble organization than the stooge of a grand one
强龙难压地头蛇 qiáng lóng nán yā dì tóu shé Knowledge of local area and people gives them a distinct advantage even against a strong enemy


龙抬头 lóngtáitóu Blue Dragon Festival
Treaty Ports in China

Treaty Ports in China


All about the exploitation of China by foreign powers from the Ming dynasty to the foundation of the PRC in 1949. The establishment of foreign enclaves within most Chinese cities one hundred years ago led to many frictions with the foreign powers, particularly Britain. The treaty port system forcibly opened up cities to foreign trade in lat Qing dyansty China.



The lotus is an emblem with strong Buddhist links. As the plant grows in mud and muck and yet produces a pure white flower it is considered a metaphor for favorable transformation.
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