zhèn Wood

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zhèn

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zhēn (chaste) zhēn (really)

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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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Caged birds

It was common for people to keep a caged bird as a pet, and bring them down to the park each day. Often the outing would cause the birds to sing to each other and this would enhance the experience of the park for everyone.
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