Anecdotes

Chinese Idioms

  • Two Children Debating on the Sun
    Two Children Debating on the SunTwo children debating on the Sun was a quite famous story written in book of Liezi, and the main figure was Confucius who was a negative man in Taoism and used to be seriously criticized and scorned by Taoist philosophers, so in many classics of Taoism,...
  • Shen ji miao suan
    Shen ji miao suan In 208 A.D., Cao Cao led an army of 20,000 soldiers south, intending to put an end to the influence of both Sun Quan and Liu Bei and unite the country in one blow. Liu Bei sent Zhuge Liang to the eastern state of Wu to forge an alliance with Sun Quan so...
  • Xue zhong song tan
    Xue zhong song tanTo offer someone in dire straits material or psychological helpOnce, the second emperor of the Song dynasty, Zhao Guangyi and his father, the founding emper, Zhao Kuangyin were attempting to unite all of China under their rule. They had met with members...

Two-Part Allegorical Sayings

  • An iron rooster—not a feather can be pulled out
    An iron rooster—not a feather can be pulled outAn iron rooster—not a feather can be pulled out铁打的公鸡——一毛不拔It is an easy job to pluck a feather from a live rooster; but it is impossible to do so from one made of iron.This saying refers to someone who is stingy and miserly, or a person who will not lift a...
  • Shedding tears while listening to pingshu—worrying about the ancients
    Shedding tears while listening to pingshu—worrying about the ancientsShedding tears while listening to pingshu—worrying about the ancients听评书掉眼泪——替古人担忧Pingshu, is a traditional Chinese story-telling art form. The themes are....
  • A hare's tail—cannot be too long
    A hare's tail—cannot be too longA hare's tail—cannot be too long兔子的尾巴——长不了A hare is born with a short tail, which cannot grow long.With the implication of another meaning of 长 (chang) —length of time, —this saying implies that evildoers will soon meet their doom...

Random Talk

  • The Story of the Phoenix

    The Story of the Phoenix
    There is a bird that lays no eggs and has no young. It was here when the world began and is still living today, in a hidden...
  • Greatest Chinese Love Stories

    Greatest Chinese Love Stories
    Love, love, love, that delirious, enthralling emotion that consumes you, eats you up, spits you out, but still...