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我有六张红票wǒ yǒu liù zhāng hóng piào I have six red tickets 他买了三张票tā mǎi lesān zhāng piào He bought three tickets 这是我的张票zhè shì wǒ dezhāng piào This is my ticket 你好我要买一张票nǐ hǎowǒ yào mǎi yī zhāng piào Hello, I want to buy a ticket 等一等有票děng yī děngyǒu piào Please wait... Yes I have a ticket
A bolt can mean several things, one of the more obscure is as a measure of length of cloth. A bolt of silk was used as a trading currency for many centuries. Barbarian neighbors were often paid off by being given thousands of bolts of silk. It is roughly 15 to 25 yards of cloth, the measurement varied over time and the measure is still in use. In China it is known as 匹 or 疋pǐ and is now set to be equal to four zhang. Read More
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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