huǒ fire (as radical)

Note

A simplification of the character of fire as four fire dots.
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 86 used in: zhǔ (to cook) ; hēi (black) ; diǎn (spot)

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Sounds same

huǒ (fire)

Different tone

huò (maybe)
Full character form of this simplified radical: huǒ

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

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Jingdezhen in Jiangxi has been the center of Chinese porcelain manufacture for centuries. It is one of the first places where a production line technique was used to optimize production. Skilled craftsmen specialized in one particular part of the porcelain manufacture process, passing on the end result to the next stage. By 1433 over 500,000 pieces were being made a year. Much of the ‘china’ was sent for export to Europe over the mountains via the port of Guangzhou (Canton).
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Eyesore chimney to be demolished

We are familiar with China's rapid building program. Huge new tower blocks appearing almost overnight with little apparent city planning.

Yet a long running campaign to remove a chimney that has scarred the Beijing skyline for 40 years is about to bear fruit as the eyesore is soon due to be demolished. It is its proximity to ancient buildings in central Beijing that has fueled the continued moves to get it removed. It is close to the Tianning Pagoda built in the 12th century.

It all goes to show that there remains some respect for old culture, it is not all disappearing under bulldozers to make way for shiny new buildings. However another government policy does come into play that may also explain the success of the campaign. The Beijing authorities are very keen to move all polluting heavy industry and their chimneys away from the center of the city to improve air quality rather than worry about the aesthetics of the skyline.


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