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Chinese Idiom

Chinese Idiom & Proverbs

百发百中 (bǎi fā bǎi zhòng)

altIn the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū shí qī  春秋时期,770-476 BC) ,there was an expert archer in the State of Chu (chǔ guó 楚国) called Yang Youji (yáng yóu jī 养由基). To test his skill, someone chose three leaves at different heights on a willow tree, and challenged him to hit them in order. Yang Youji stood more than one hundred paces away, and hit the three leaves in order.

This idiom describes excellent marksmanship. Later it became used to indicate great and assurance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 09:20
名落孙山 (míng luò sūn shān)


In the Song Dynasty (sòng cháo 宋朝) there was a joker called Sun Shan (sun shan 孙山). One year he went to take the imperial examination, and came bottom of the list of successful candidates.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 13:02
画蛇添足 (huà shé tiān zú)


In the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 战国,475-221BC), a man in the State of Chu (chǔ guǒ楚国) was offering a sacrifice to his ancestors. After the ceremony, the man gave a beaker of wine to his servants.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:02
世外桃源(shì wài táo yuán)


Tao Yuanming (táo yuān míng 陶渊明), a famous writer of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (dōng jìn 东晋,317-420AD), wrote the well-known essay Peach-Blossom Spring (táo huā yuán jì 桃花源记).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:18
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