dōng east


Used as component in : téng
Similar looking characters : chē (vehicle)
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Some say it is a representation of seeing the sun through a tree that has been recently simplified in structure, others it is a shared phonetic for a 'bundle'. One of the few characters not to have a radical.
Number of strokes: 5

Sounds same

dōng (winter)

Different tone

dǒng (to understand) dòng (to use)

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Pronunciation

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Provinces

广东 Guangdong
山东 Shandong

Cities

东莞 Dongguan, Guangdong
丹东 Dandong, Liaoning
东营 Dongying, Shandong

People

毛泽东 Mao Zedong

Proverbs

东奔西走 dōng bēn xī zǒu Be busy; bustling about
东施效颦 dōng shī xiaò pín The story is of Dong Shi, an ugly person imitating the posture of famous beautiful woman Xi Shi by knitting his eyebrows
干活不由东累死也无功 gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done
东窗事发 dōng chuāng shì fā The game is up. Generally said of villains whose evil plans have been thwarted. The story is of Qin Hui of the Song dynasty who hatched a plot under the east window of his house to tell lies about General Yue Fei. Qin Hui and his son died shortly after Yue Fei was executed. Qin's wife Wang used a necromancer who discovered the truth and was told by Qin's spirit that the East window plot had been exposed.

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