chì step

Note

Originally a picture of a cross-roads, current form can be thought of as a person taking a stride
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 60 used in: dé (get) ; hěn (very) ; dé (virtue) ; xíng (permitted) ; zhēng (journey)

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Different tone

chī (to eat) 齿 chǐ (tooth)

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

Birds nest soup

A well-known Chinese delicacy is bird's nest soup. The bird in question is a swallow or swift that builds a nest out of mud and saliva. The nests are harvested and warmed in water to separate out the mud particles. It is the bird saliva that gives a gelatinous consistency to the soup and a mild flavor. It is believed to have very good medicinal properties.
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Quintessence of the Nation

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Culture

Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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