西 xī west

Note

A representation of a bird on a nest, and hence the direction of the evening sun when birds roost on their nests
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 146 used in: yào (want)

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Sounds same

xī (sunset)

Different tone

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

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Pronunciation

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

Provinces

西藏 Tibet
广西 Guangxi
江西 Jiangxi
陕西 Shaanxi
山西 Shanxi

Cities

鸡西 Jixi, Heilongjiang
西宁 Xining, Qinghai
西安 Xi'an, Shaanxi

Proverbs

东奔西走 dōng bēn xī zǒu Be busy; bustling about
情人眼里出西施 qíng ren yǎn lǐ chū xī shī Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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