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shǐ zì
prep. (formal) begin with; from start
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
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zhè jiā diàn shǐ zì míng cháo , yōng yǒu yōu jiǔ de lì shǐ
phr. Dating back to Ming Dynasty, the store has a long history.
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zhè zhǒng fēng sú shǐ zì shí qī shì jì
phr. This kind of custom dates back to the 17th century.