yīn yin


Alternative traditional form of character:

Sounds same

yīn (sound)

Different tone

yǐn (to drink) yǐn ('long stride')

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴 yī cùn guāng yīn yī cùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāng yīn Money spent can be earned again, but time lost is lost for good

Gunpowder

The Chinese invention of Gunpowder took a long time before it came to be used in offensive weaponry. It was first used in alchemy and as a drug. It was when the Song dynasty was faced by the military threat of the Qidan and then Mongol people that guns, rockets and incendiay bombs started to be used.
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Growing rice in China

Growing rice in China

Culture

The cultivation of rice for food has been carried out in China for the last 10,000 years. Over this time about 50,000 different varieties have been bred selectively for every possible soil and climate type. Recently it has proved cheaper to import rice rather than grow it in China, so rather surprisingly China is a major importer of this staple food.
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