yǔ to give; together with; and

Note

Ancient seal mark of unknown meaning

Sounds same

yǔ (rain) yǔ (language)

Different tone

yú (fish) yú (fishing) yú (in) yù (jade) yù (jade)

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Wed 30th Aug

Ban on lunchtime booze

Arguably Guizhou's most famous export is Maotai liquor. It's a potent distilled spirit made from fermented sorghum and often used for toasts at banquets for visiting dignitaries. It's also very expensive.

Now the central government has put on a ban for Guizhou local government employees from taking a lunchtime tipple. Not just maotai but all alcoholic drinks are banned - unless special dispensation is given. It's part of a government initiative to improve efficiency in local government. It's no longer going to be acceptable to doze through the afternoon in a semi-drunken stupor!


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