bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Picture of a cowrie shell which was in ancient times used as a currency, it has thus become associated with anything expensive
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 154 used in: guì (precious) ; zhēn (chaste) ; pín (poor) ; tiē (to stick) ; shǎng (to hand down)

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Different tone

bēi (cup) běi (north)

< Previous běi Next běn >

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

Cities

呼伦贝尔市 Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Wǒ xíng wǒ sù [wo xing wo su]
I work I usual
To continue in habitual ways
Stuck continuing in old ways
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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