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Chinese Idiom

Chinese Idiom & Proverbs

螳臂当车 (táng bì dāng chē)


A long time ago,a carter was driving his cart,when a mantis jumped out in front of the cart. Raising its forelegs,it tried to block the way of the cart. The carter thought how ridiculous this inscet was,then moved on forwards. Easy to imagine,the fool but rather bold mantis was crushed by the rolling wheels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 20:18
日暮穷途 (rì mù qióng tú)


During the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋 chūn qiū,770 - 221BC),Chu Pingwang (chǔ pěng wǎng 楚平王),the ruler of the state of Chu (chǔ guó 楚国),was notorious for his lechery and arrogance. There were always political infightings and intrigue among the officials. One of the officials named Wu She (wǔ shē 伍奢) fell victim to such competitons since one trecherous offical named Fei Wuji (fèi wú jì 费无忌) spoke ill of him in frount of the king.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 10:43
披荆斩棘 (pī jīng zhǎn jí)


In the early stage of Eastern Han Dynasty (dōng hàn 东汉,25—220AD),Feng Yi (féng yì 冯异)established himself as a prestigious general,who risked his own life to fight hard for his leader—Liu Xiu (liú xiù 刘秀),the man who later became the ruler of Eastern Han Dynasty. Through a great many of wars,big or small,Feng Yi gained his fame and the trust from the leader step by step.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2009 23:31
临渴掘井 (lín kě jué jǐng )


During the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋 chūn qiū,770 - 221BC),the ruler of the state of Lu(lú guó 鲁国) was Lu Zhaogong (lú zhāo gōng 鲁昭公),a man without the ability to jude the right from wrong. He preferred to listen to the sweet words rather than the opinions which might seemd pretty harsh but quite ture.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2009 19:15
如火如荼 (rú huǒ rú tú)


 In the late stage of the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋 chūn qiū,770 - 221BC), Fu Chai (fū chāi 夫差),ruler of the State of Wu (wú guó 吴国),defeated the states of Yue (yùe guó 越国),Lu (lú guó 鲁国) and Chi (qí guó 齐国) consecutively. After the previous overwhelming victories,the ambitious king looked forward to another success-- putting the State of Jin (jìn guó 晋国) into his own pocket.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2009 23:56
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