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不怕路长只怕志短bú pà lù cháng zhǐ pà zhì duǎn Do not be afraid of a long road to success only be afraid of a shortage of ambition 不怕慢就怕站bú pà màn jiù pà zhàn Do not be afraid of slowing down as long as you keep going 初生之犊不怕虎chū shēng zhī dú bù pà hǔ Innocent of the dangers involved 斧快不怕木柴硬fǔ kuài bú pà mù chái yìng A talented person is not afraid of a difficult task 留得青山在,不怕没柴烧liú dé qīng shān zài, bù pà méi chái shāo Do not despair, there is plenty of time and opportunity 没做亏心事,不怕鬼叫门méi zuò kuī xīn shì, bù pà guǐ jiào mén If you have done nothing wrong, there is no worry over retribution
Bats are commonly used in handicrafts, paintings and artwork to give a wish for good luck. This is because 'bat' and 'good luck' sound the same in Chinese.
Burning the books
One of the actions that the First Qin Emperor Shihuangdi is famous for is 'the burning of the books'. Although this is seen as a repressive and authoritarian move it has to be put in context. One of the reasons for the move was to impose a single written language over the whole nation, destroying the old books was intended to accelerate this process. The move had the fortunate consequence that many old books were hidden away to escape destruction and were 'lost' for many centuries before being later recovered. Read More
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