xià summer

Sounds same

xià (down)

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Pronunciation

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

Provinces

宁夏 Ningxia

Proverbs

夏虫疑冰 xià chóng yí bīng An ignorant person doesn't understand the whole truth

Special Economic Zones

A key part of Deng Xiaoping's reform of the Chinese economy was the setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZ). The first set of zones in the early 1980s was Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou all in Guangdong Province; Xiamen in Fujian Province, and the whole of the island province of Hainan. Fourteen more were added to the list in 1984 including Tianjin and Shanghai. A SEZ had a fair degree of independence from central government regulation.
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Dip into history

Our history section has a page for each major dynasty, for the whole period from the time of myths and legends 5,000 years ago all the way through the Han, Tang, Song, Ming dynasties to the last great dynasty the Qing .
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