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Bing

China bīng
Bing Vertical Wall Scroll

兵 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Bing.

Ice / Frost

China bīng
Ice / Frost Vertical Wall Scroll

冰 is the Chinese character used to express "ice" or "frost."

The main part of the character on the right holds the meaning of "water" and on the left, is a radical (the two dots) that also means water. Together, they create the character that means "ice" (solid water).


This is similar to the character for frost in Japanese. However, Japanese drop the radical from the left side.

Soldiers

China bīng
Japan hei
Soldiers Vertical Wall Scroll

兵 can be used to express soldiers, troops, a force, an army, weapons, arms, military, warfare, tactics, strategy, or warlike. The final meaning depends on context. It's also part of the Chinese title for the Terracotta soldiers. In fact, this character is usually used in compound words (words of more than one character). Sometimes this single character is the title used for the pawns in a chess game (in a related issue, this is also a nickname for soldiers with the rank of Private).


See Also:  Military | Warrior


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bingbīng / bing1 / bingping
Ice
Frost
bīng / bing1 / bingping
Soldiersheibīng / bing1 / bingping