xī sunset; evening


Crescent moon emerging from behind a mountain
Number of strokes 3


Index 36 used in: wài (outside) ; yè (night) ; suì (year) ; míng (name) ; duō (many) ; duō (many)

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Sounds same

西 xī (west)

Different tone

xí (to practice) xǐ (box; bag) xǐ (to be fond of) xì (system)

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


七夕节 Qīxìjié Chinese Valentines Festival

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven served a particularly important purpose in Imperial China. The Emperor as Son of Heaven had to perform rituals at New Year and start of Spring to ensure the good fortune of the year ahead. He would plough a ritual furrow to indicate the start of the agricultural year. The Temple of Heaven is round - symbolizing the circular vault of heaven set in a square park - symbolizing the square, flat earth. The Imperial number nine was extensively used in its construction.
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