xiāng countryside; native place; home village or town; rural

Alternative traditional form of character:


Simplification has removed the entire left part, the winding stroke is not a radical or considered made up of other elements - a rare standalone character. Can be thought od as a winding lane through countryside.
Number of strokes: 3

Sounds same

xiāng (fragrant) xiāng (each other)

Different tone

xiǎng (to think) xiàng (elephant)

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新乡 Xinxiang, Henan
萍乡 Pingxiang, Jiangxi


离乡背井 lí xiāng bèi jǐng A stranger away from home
入乡随俗 rù xiāng suí sú Take account of local people and opinions

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