Third cardinal point today is: 北 (běi, north).
Traditional form: 北
Meaning: north; northern; northward
HSK level: 1 (basic)
Radical part: 匕
Radical meaning: spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
Stroke animation: (the strokes are drawn the direction the picture is tipping)
The (probably) original form:
where soon replaced by:
This is a person sitting facing the south as is the custom and on his back another person sitting back to back suggesting north. The original form is still under debate but the new versions is accepted to be just two persons sitting back to back west and east and the center of their backs pointing to the north.
北京 Běi jīng Beijing / capital of People's Republic of China
北边 běibiān location to the north
东北 dōngběi northeast
西北 xīběi northwest
北方 běifāng north; the northern part a country; China north of the Yellow River
北面 běimiàn northern side; north
台北 Tái běi Taibei or Taipei, capital of Taiwan
北美 Běi Měi North America
北京时间 Běi jīng Shí jiān Chinese Standard Time
北极熊 běi jí xióng polar bear (No we do not have polar bears in Sweden)
指北针 zhǐ běi zhēn compass
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