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xi : west Pinyin(first tone)
Englishwest
Rather like 'hsee'

As with some other common characters the perhaps fanciful derivation is a bird sitting on a nest, representing the fact that when the sun sets in the West, birds go back to roost on their nests. With millennia of simplification this has become a stroke representing the bird with only its two legs on the nest clearly denoted. More likely though the character has been 'borrowed' from another character by a long-lost association.

A number of provinces have West as part of their names: Xizang (better known as Tibet), Shanxi (literally mountain West), Shaanxi, Jiangxi (literally river West) and Guangxi (literally vast West).

wàng zǒu
wang : towards xi : west zou : walk; go
towards west walk

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