zāi disaster; calamity

Made up of [ huǒ fire , mián roof radical 40]

Note

What could be more a potent picture of a disaster? Just 'fire' put under a 'roof' and you have the concept of 'calamity'

Related characters


Using huǒ : pào (cannon) zhà (to explode)
Using mián : ān (peace) tā (it) bǎo (jewel) fù (rich) hán (cold) shí (real) zì (letter) gōng (palace) song (Song) yuàn (courtyard) yí (proper) kè (customer) xué (cave) róng (to hold) jiā (house) guān (official) dìng (to set)

Different tone

zài (again) zài (exist) zài (to carry)

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Pronunciation

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Tue 7th Mar

Urban plans change

Any recent visitor to China will have come away astonished by the pace of change. Huge, new buildings pop-up everywhere. The government has a strategy of planned construction of whole new urban centers. While the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of Deng Xiaoping's era have prospered there is now more than example of how this strategy has failed to deliver. Ordos has been widely featured as a modern ghost town because a local boom from coal mining did not take place. Other developments within Tianjin, Kunming cities and at Yingkou, Liaoning have also failed to find take-up by companies. The government strategy seems to be moving from designating new cities to develop to following industrial development - only putting new urban cities where there is a demonstrable need for them.


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