zhōu region

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zhōu (prefecture) zhōu (surname Zhou) zhōu (boat)

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Pronunciation

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Provinces

贵洲 Guizhou

Cities

株洲 Zhuzhou, Hunan

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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