lí Fire

Sounds same

Different tone

lǐ (inside) lǐ (ceremony) lǐ (texture) lǐ (plum) lì (strength) lì (stand) lì (sharp) lì (strict) lì (beautiful) lì (to experience)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

调虎离山 diào hǔ lí shān Lure an enemy out of its home territory in order to attack it
离乡背井 lí xiāng bèi jǐng To leave home
妻离子散 qī lí zǐ sàn A broken family

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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