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

Chinese Cuisine

A fine Chinese meal is a carefully balanced mixtures of flavors, textures, colors and food types. Although Western fast food has made major inroads in the cities there is still a great appreciation as food as one of the finer pleasures in life. Etiquette at formal banquets is important for visitors to understand before visiting China. Each region in China has its own variations with regional specialities, the cuisine in Guangdong is very different from that of Gansu.
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Cathay

A strange name you sometimes see for China is 'Cathay'. This needs a little explaining, it is not self evident just like the name 'China' itself. The name Cathay is mainly used in Russia and Central Asia. This is because the name is derived from the northern Chinese tribe of Khitan or Qidan. The Qidan people formed the Northern Jin dynasty just before the Mongol dynasty. It may have been the Mongol conquest that promulgated the name ‘Cathay’.
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