zài again; once more

Sounds same

zài (exist) zài (to carry)

Different tone

zāi (disaster)

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Pronunciation

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Phrases

再见 zài jiàn goodbye
Japan and China

Japan and China

China

History of the often difficult relations between China and Japan. With the Japanese occupation of China 1937-45 and continued U.S. support for Japan has led to continuing frictions between governments and peoples.

Dragon Boat

The dragon boat festival is held in June, its date follows the Chinese lunar calendar and so moves around each year. Most web sites will tell you that it celebrates the life of poet Qu Yuan [343 - 278 BCE] who committed suicide when false allegations were made against him. The legend is that people went out in boats looking for him, and hence the origin of the dragon boat festival. The festival however has older roots, the favorite kingly creature are Chinese dragons which hold mastery over all the waters, in ancient times people used to make offerings to the dragon kings to guarantee ample rain for the crops.
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