xīn new

Made up of [ jīn axe; measure of weight; kati radical 69]


One derivation is from 'new' information being extracted from people by beating with hazel sticks cut by an axe, so the character has 'hazel' and 'axe' in it
Number of strokes 13

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Using jīn : tīng (to listen)

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新疆 Xinjiang


新乡 Xinxiang, Henan
阜新 Fuxin, Liaoning
新泰 Xintai, Shandong


穿新鞋,走老路 chuān xīn xié, zǒu lǎo lù Stick to the old ways while appearing to follow the latest trends
耳目一新 ěr mù yī xīn A change of place, everything fresh and new
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn Studying the past helps to understand the present


The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been grown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addiciive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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Chinese proverb


Rén shān rén hǎi [ren shan ren hai]
person mountain person sea
Huge crowds of people
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