杯水车薪bēi shuǐ chē xīn Put in insufficient effort into solving a problem 凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量fán rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dòu liàng Judging by appearance is dangerous 覆水难收fù shuǐ nán shōu What is done is done 镜花水月jìng huā shuǐ yuè Beautiful but unattainable dreams. Unrealistic ambitions 千山万水qiān shān wàn shuǐ A long and arduous journey 人不可貌相,海水不可斗量rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dǒu liáng First appearances can be deceptive
Our history section has a page for each major dynasty, for the whole period from the time of myths and legends 5,000 years ago all the way through the Han, Tang, Song, Ming dynasties to the last great dynasty the Qing . Read More
The art of calligraphy is still widely appreciated in China. Fine historic pieces by the great masters continue to achieve high prices at auction. To appreciate Chinese writing it is important to know how the characters are made with the brush. Our page on brush strokes lets you learn how to write in Chinese calligraphy. Read More
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