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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

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

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

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

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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