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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: Yu Bang Xiang Zheng, Yu Weng De Li
Chinese: 鹬蚌相争, 渔翁得利
Name Of Image: In the fight between the sandpiper and the clam, the fisherman has the best of it
Description:

The story scene refers to an old Chinese saying: in the fight between the sandpiper and the clam, the fisherman has the best of it. This parable came from an ancient Chinese text entitled ‘Strategies of the Warring States (战国策 …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yue Xia Jia Qi
Chinese: 月下佳期
Name Of Image: Consummation of Love from Western Chamber
Description:

Romance of the Western Chamber (西厢记) is the most popular love comedy in late imperial China. In the story, Scholar Zhang (张生) falls in love with a beautiful lady named Cui Yingying (崔莺莺), who happens to be stranded in 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 (张敞, ?- 48 BCE) 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 …

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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 (黄石公), a guru strategist by the Yi Bridge (圯桥). The …

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhang Niang Xin Xu
Chinese: 张娘心许
Name Of Image: When Red Fly 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: Zhang Tian Shi Xiang Wu Du
Chinese: 张天师降五毒
Name Of Image: Heavenly Master Zhang Quelling the Five Poisons
Description:

In traditional Chinese customs, the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunisolar calendar is regarded as one of the most dangerous days of the year when evil spirits and hazardous creatures lurked around. Notably, five noxious creatures were …

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhao Kuangyin Xue Ye Fang Zhao Pu
Chinese: 赵匡胤雪夜访赵普
Name Of Image: Emperor Zhao Kuangyin Visiting Grand Chancellor Zhao Pu on a Snowing Evening
Description:

Evidently, Zhao Kuangyin (赵匡胤 927-976), Emperor Taizu of the Song dynasty (宋太祖), often paid unofficial surprise visits to his courtiers. As a result, his ministers did not dare to change their official attire into casual wear even when they returned …

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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 was …

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