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城门失火,殃及池鱼chéng mén shī huó, yāng jí chí yú A drastic action may unintentionally affect other people. Show consideration for all 塞翁失马,安知非福sài wēng shī mǎ, ān zhī fēi fú A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. 失败是成功之母shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ Learning from mistakes 志不可慢时不可失zhì bù kě màn shí bù kě shī Keep hold of your hopes and dreams, waste no time in achieving them 智者千虑必有一失zhì zhě qiān l? bì yǒu yī shī One small mistake does not discredit a wise person
The Song dynasty is a period of Chinese refinement and peace rather than military prowess. Great strides were taken in the creative arts and literature. Prosperity from the growing trade by sea rather than overland fueled the building of huge cities. The eventual conquest by the Mongol hordes brought the dynasty to a tragic close.
Ten day week
In ancient China the week was ten days long splitting the month into three weeks. The choice of a seven day week is pretty arbitrary, it divides the month into four weeks. As the lunar month is 29.53 days the three week month is a more accurate division. So when bewailing the long yime to the next weekend perhaps you should be grateful you do not have to wait an extra three days each week! Read More
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