wǔ noon; midday

Sounds same

wǔ (five) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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

Phrases

上午 shàng wǔ morning
中午 zhōng wǔ lunchtime
下午 xià wǔ afternoon

Also

端午节 Duānwǔjié Dragon Boat Festival
Warring States

Warring States

History

The second part of the Zhou dynasty was known for incessant warfare between kingdoms. It was time of great importance to China as the philosophical traditions were developed that went on to dominate the next two thousand years. The first unification of China as a large nation state then followed.
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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