九牛二虎之力jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong 九牛一毛jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter. 一龙生九种,种种不同yī lóng shēng jiǔ zhǒng, zhǒng zhǒng bù tóng Brothers and sisters may not resemble each other
Equality of women
The role of women in China was through most of the Imperial Era one of subjugation to men. Women had to defer to men in all things; it was only as a widow that she would have the power to control a household. The position eased on the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 but it was not until the Communist party victory in 1949 that equality began to be introduced across the country. Read More
The loud bangs from strings of firecrackers are often heard when the Chinese have something to celebrate. Traditionally gunpowder was packed into the hollow stem of bamboo, but now paper and plastic are used for the casing. Liuyang in Hunan is a key center in the manufacture of firecrackers. Read More
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