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网开一面 (wǎng kāi yī miàn)



Beginning with Yu the Great, the Xia Dynasty had lasted about four hundred years before Jie became the supreme ruler.And that was in the 18th century BC. Jie was extremely tyrannical and dissolute. This aroused great resentment among the people. Tang, the Chief of the tribe Shang took advantage of this situation to overthrow the Xia Dynasty and established the Shang Dynasty in the early 17th century BC. Among the preparations for the overthrow had been the winning over of popular support.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2009 21:12
嗟来之食 (jiē lái zhī shí)


One year during the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū 春秋时期,770-476 BC), there was a the Qi State (qí guó 齐国) was severely strickend by a famine.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 17:05
鸡鸣狗盗 (jī míng gǒu dào)

 altDuring the Warring States period(475-221B.C.),Prince Mengchang of the State of Qi was fond of having various kinds of people as his hangers-on,the number of whom was said to have amounted to three thousand.Never refusing anyone who came to hime,he let the talented people do what they could and also offered food and lodging to the mediocre. Once,followed by his hangers-on,Prince Mengchang was sent on a diplomatic mission to the State of Qin.Attermpting to make him prime minister of the state of Qin,King Zhao of the State of Qin kept hime from leaving. Not daring to offend the king,Prince Mengchang stay here.He is a person of royal lineage,and

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2009 18:28
请君入瓮 (qǐng jūng rù wèng)

altOnce, Wu Zetian received a letter which informed against Zhou Xing. The letter aside that Zhou Xing was plotting a rebellion in collaboration with others. Wu Zetian was furiously angry when she read the letter, and immediately ordered Lai Junchen to deal with the case severely. Hearing the order, Lai Junchen had misgivings about it. He knew that Zhou Xing could not be forced to tell the truth merely by using a letter informing against him because he was very sly and crafty. Lai Junchen also knew that he would not be for given if he should fail in dealing with the case, because the empress would certainly blame him and punish him. How could he solve the problem then? He turned the problem over and over in his mind, and finally thought out a "brilliant scheme".

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2009 19:46
抱薪救火(bào xīn jiù huǒ)



In the last years of the Warring States period (zhàn guó 战国, 475-221BC), the State of Qin (qín guó 秦国) attacked the State of Wei (wèi guó 魏国) on a large scale repeatedly and occupied large areas of land, for the State of Wei was too weak to defend itself.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2010 13:56
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