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dōng

East Antonym. 6.10_西

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In many phrases, 东 and 西 are added as an emphasis to mean "here and there". For examples:

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In English, cardinal directions commonly start with North – followed by East, South and West. Occasionally, people might say "North- South-East-West".

In Chinese, however, the first direction will always start in the direction of the sunrise as well as the geographical position of China. Hence, the sequence is referred to as East-South-West-North (东南西北) or East-West-South-North (东西南北).

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