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Alternatively, browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin 汉语拼音

Chinese Pinyin: Jin Gong Gong Qi
Chinese: 晋弓工妻
Name Of Image: The Wife of the Bow Maker in the State of Jin
Description:

This is a story of a brave woman who boldly exercised her rhetorical competence, managed to correct the erring ruler and saved her husband from execution. The story of The Wife of the Bow Maker in the State of Jin …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Ling Gong Sou Ao Yao Zhao Dun
Chinese: 晋灵公嗾獒咬赵盾
Name Of Image: Duke Ling of Jin Sending His Dog to Attack Zhao Dun
Description:

When the old duke of Jin (晋) passed away, his heir was still in the cradle. It was with the powerful minister Zhao Dun (赵盾)’s support that he succeeded in ascending the throne. Unfortunately, the young duke, who was posthumously …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Ling Gong Tan Ren Pi Wan
Chinese: 晋灵公弹人辟丸
Name Of Image: Duke Ling of Jin shooting pedestrians with pellets
Description:

The young duke of the State of Jin (晋) who was posthumously given the title Duke Ling of Jin, Jìn Líng Gōng (晋灵公, ? – 607 BCE), has been known as a ‘ruler who does not deserve his title (bu …

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Chinese Pinyin: Ju Shui Yue Zai Shou
Chinese: 掬水月在手
Name Of Image: Scooping the moon from the golden basin
Description:

In the Buddhist legend, at the beginning there was nothing but water in the world. Vajrapani ordered his disciples to scoop the ocean to see what was hidden there. The sun appeared in the first scoop and Vajrapani fixed the …

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Chinese Pinyin: Kongzi Jian Laozi
Chinese: 孔子见老子
Name Of Image: Confucius consulting Laozi
Description:

Ancient literature shows that Laozi (Lao Tzu, 老子) served as the Keeper of the Imperial Archives of the Eastern Zhou court (东周, 770 – 258BCE). He must have greatly benefited from the perk of the job – the easy access …

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Chinese Pinyin: Laozi Chu Guan
Chinese: 老子出关
Name Of Image: Laozi exiting Han’gu Pass
Description:

Laozi (Lao Tzu) 老子is a great ancient Chinese thinker, to whom a five-thousand-character book ‘Dao de jing 道德经’, or The Scripture of the Way and Virtue, has been attributed. He is regarded as the founder of philosophical Daoism (Taoism), daojia …

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Chinese Pinyin: Laozi Qi Qing Niu
Chinese: 老子骑青牛
Name Of Image: Laozi Riding on a Black Buffalo
Description:

Laozi (Lao Tzu) 老子, literally ‘old teacher or master’, is the well-known name for a great ancient Chinese thinker, to whom a five-thousand-character book ‘Dao de jing 道德经’, or The Scripture of the Way and Virtue, has been attributed. He …

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Chinese Pinyin: Li Yuan She Ping Zhong Yan
Chinese: 李渊射屏中眼 (雀屏中选)
Name Of Image: Li Yuan Shooting the Eye of the Peacocks on the Screen
Description:

Li Yuan 李渊 (566-635 CE) excelled at horse-riding, archery, and calligraphy as a young man. He was to be the future founder (reigned 618-626 CE) of the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). Miss Dou was exceptionally smart and her father Dou …

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Chinese Pinyin: Liu Bei Sun Quan Kan Shi Wen Tian
Chinese: 刘备孙权砍石问天
Name Of Image: Liu Bei and Sun Quan chopping stone
Description:

In the 14th-century historical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义 – 甘露寺招亲), the generals in the Dongwu (东吴) kingdom conspired to murder Liu Bei (刘备), head of the Shu Han (蜀汉) kingdom, by inviting him to their territory with …

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