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Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Xiangru Ti Qiao
Chinese: 相如题桥
Name Of Image: Sima Xiangru Inscribing on the Bridge Gateway
Description:

Sima Xiangru Inscribing on the Bridge Gateway (相如题桥)’ was a popular theme in theatre from at least the Song (960 – 1279) through to the Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasty. Sima Xiangru (司马相如) was a Western Han (202 BCE – […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Xiwangmu Zhu Shou
Chinese: 西王母祝寿
Name Of Image: Birthday Celebration for the Queen Mother of the West
Description:

In Zhuangzi (庄子), an ancient Chinese text from the late Warring States period (476–221 BCE)  and one of the two foundational texts of Daoism, the Queen Mother of the West (Xiwangmu 西王母) was mentioned as a deity who ‘obtained the Dao (the Way)’. […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Qin Yi He
Chinese: 一琴一鹤
Name Of Image: A Qin Zither and a Pet Crane
Description:

Zhao Bian (赵抃, 1008 – 84) was held in high esteem all his life and posthumously because of his incorruptibility and sound statesmanship during his entire career. His prize possessions were legendarily well-known: a qin zither and two pets, a […]

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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: Zhaojun Chu Sai
Chinese: 昭君出塞
Name Of Image: Lady Wang Zhaojun Going out of the Frontier Pass
Description:

Wang Zhaojun (王昭君) was one of the court ladies in Han Emperor’s harem. It was not possible for the emperor to meet every one of the three-thousand concubines, so he had a court painter paint their pictures to facilitate his […]

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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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