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不到黄河不死心bù dào Huáng hé bù sǐ xīn Keep going until you hit an insurmountable obstacle 出生入死chū shēng rù sǐ Willing to risk one's life. Offer loyalty 干活不由东累死也无功gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done 你死我活nǐ sǐ wǒ huó To fight to the bitter end 瘦死的骆驼比马大shòu sǐ de luò tuo bǐ mǎ dà Respect ancient wisdom rather than the new. Size is more important than age 死马当活马医sǐ mǎ dāng huó mǎ yī Persevering when it is already too late. A lost cause.
Like most other things the Chinese invented their own version of the chess board game. There are strong reasons to suppose that the Chinese game象棋 Xiangqi or 'elephant game' is closer to the original form. The absence of a 'queen' piece and the strange rules for 'cannons' make this just as challenging a game as the version played in the West.
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