八仙过海,各显神通bā xiān guò hǎi, gè xiǎn shén tōng Everyone has their own special skills to contribute 刀山火海dāo shān huǒ hǎi An extremely difficult and dangerous situation 凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量fán rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dòu liàng Judging by appearance is dangerous 海纳百川 hǎi nà bǎi chuān We all shared a common destiny 人不可貌相,海水不可斗量rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dǒu liáng First appearances can be deceptive 人山人海rén shān rén hǎi Huge crowds of people
The taking of the Luding bridge on May 25th 1935 was portrayed as the most heroic event of the Communist Long March under Mao Zedong through Western China. The propaganda of the 1950s and 60s showed dozens of fearless troops grasping the chains above the surging Li river uner machine gun fire. The Communist Army was trapped on one bank of the river and faced annihilation if they stayed put. However the event was probably not as dramatic as it was portrayed, the resistance on the other bank of the river seems to have been fairly minimal. Read More
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