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吃软不吃硬chī ruǎn bù chī yìng Unable to withstand harsh criticism 吃一堑,长一智chī yī qiàn, cháng yí zhì Gain wisdom from experience of set backs 好马不吃回头草hǎo mǎ bù chī huí tóu cǎo Pride may forbid a person going back to his home town after failure. Do not dwell on past actions, progress forward 兔子不吃窝边草tù zi bù chī wō biān cǎo Thieves do not steal from neighbors 小洞不补,大洞吃苦xiǎo dòng bù bǔ, dà dòng chī kǔ Do not put off taking action to put things right 哑巴吃饺子,心里有数yǎ ba chī jiǎo zi, xīn lǐ yǒu shù When someone understands the situation without needing to say anything
The fabled city of Xanadu (Shangdu) made famous by Samuel Taylor Coleridge was the summer capital of the Yuan (Mongol dynasty). It was built away from the heat of Beijing. It was abandoned on the fall of the Mongols and is now just a pile of rubble in the desert. Read More
All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.