yǒng perpetual; forever

Made up of [ shuǐ water radical 85]

Note

Combination of water with extra foam and ripples to signifying unending motion of water

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Using shuǐ : quán (spring)

Different tone

yòng (to use)

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

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永乐帝 Emperor Yongle

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The last Imperial eunuch died less than 20 years ago, ending a tradition that had lasted at least 2,000 years. Originally castration was a punishment but when it was realized that eunuchs made good servants free of the possibility of fatherhood their influence grew. At their peak there may have been as many as 70,000 Imperial eunuchs and the few that reached the top post they became marvelously rich and powerful.
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Tue 6th Mar

Hong Kong tops the list for longest life expectancy

Hong Kong has managed to pip Japan and Italy as the location with the highest life expectancy. Figures for 2016 give 81.3 years for men and 87.3 years for women. This is a remarkable turnaround for China which has suffered from high mortality rates going back centuries. Some put the high survival rate to diet, some to physical health and others to the climate. Hong Kongers generally eat a varied diet with a good proportion of health-giving fish and can be compared to the Mediterranean diet. Many people in the 80s came from the mainland and reached there by physical exertion - swimming to Hong Kong Island or traveling hundreds of miles overland, so maybe physical fitness plays a part. Hong Kong is notorious for its high humidity but the sub-tropical climate there never sees cold winters and this is a key factor in survival rates of the elderly. As well as a warm climate Hong Kong has many green spaces, and it is easy for people to get away from the urban center to a tranquil natural spots among the mountains. All this makes the former colony a good place to live.


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