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Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Zhang Chang Hua Mei
Chinese: 张敞画眉
Name Of Image: Zhang Chang Painting His Wife’s Eyebrows
Description:

Zhang Chang and his wife grew up in the same village. When they were both children, Zhang Chang once threw a pebble at his future wife and, unfortunately, the scratch left a scar on one of her eyebrows. Later, Zhang […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhang Liang Yi Qiao Na Lü
Chinese: 张良圯桥纳履
Name Of Image: Zhang Liang Fetching Shoe on Yi Bridge
Description:

After Zhang Liang (张良, d. 189 BCE) failed to assassinate the first emperor of China, he changed his name and went into hiding. One day, he ran into Lord Yellowstone, a guru strategist by the Yi Bridge. The old man […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhang Niang Xin Xu
Chinese: 张娘心许
Name Of Image: When Red Whisk Fell Head over Heels for the Scholar
Description:

With strategic plans to restore the war-torn country back to order, the talented scholar Li Jing (李靖) was paying a visit to the powerful Lord Yang Su (杨素), who enjoyed luxurious ways of living and female company around him. To […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhi Guo Ying Che
Chinese: 掷果盈车
Name Of Image: Fruit-throwing antics
Description:

The second half of the third century and the beginning of the fourth century saw a couple of most handsome men in the history of China. For example, Pan An 潘安 (247 – 300) was exceptionally cute and adorable when he […]

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