赐子千金不如教子一艺cì zǐ qiān jīn bù rú jiào zǐ yī yì Gaining a skill has great value for the future 点石成金diǎn shí chéng jīn To work something of no worth into something of value 千金买笑qiān jīn mǎi xiào A target that is very hard to attain. Spending lavishly to attract a young woman 人无完人,金无足赤rén wú wán rén, jīn wú zú chì Have to settle for something less than perfection 一寸光阴一寸金,寸金难买寸光阴yī cùn guāng yīn yī cùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāng yīn Money spent can be earned again, but time lost is lost for good
Along with porcelain and tea, silk is one of China's important innovations. Just like other great inventions the secret was closely guarded for centuries. Fabulous fine cloth was an important export as far back as the early Roman Empire.
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