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北 Běi is North:

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The traditional explanation is that the character is a picture of two people sitting back to back on the North Pole.

Common word: 北京 Běijīng

背 Bèi is 'back'

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Common word: 背景 bèijǐng 'background'

南 Nán is 'South':

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Note that the element in the enclosure at the bottom is not 羊 yáng 'sheep' as it lacks a horizontal stroke.