mì cover; crown


Number of strokes 2

Radical

Index 14 used in: xiě (write) ; láo (to toil) ; ài (love) ; miǎn (to escape)

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Different tone

mí (to bewilder) mí (riddle) mǐ (rice)

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

Mercury magic

From ancient times the sulfide of mercury cinnabar has been considered magical. When heated liquid mercury is created and so it has been considered a substance for transformation including mortal to immortal. Cinnabar was used to give the red color to the wax on seals used on paintings and documents.
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The building of China's railways

The building of China's railways

History

The building of railways became a competitive scramble between foreign powers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Railways were seen as the key first step in opening up inland China for trade. Britain, France, Germany, Japan and America all invested in the building of them only for the investment to be lost in the following years of turmoil.
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