兔 tù rabbit
Made up of [儿 ér
NoteAn ancient pictogram of a squatting hare or rabbit with a dash to denote the tail
Using 儿 ér
: 先 xiān (first) 儿 ér (child) 元 yuán (primary) 光 guāng (light) 克 kè (to be able to) 见 jiàn (see) 兄 xiōng (elder brother) 真 zhēn (really) 免 miǎn (to escape)
Different tone土 tǔ (earth)
Stroke order for character 兔, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
狡兔三窟 jiǎo tù sān kū
To succeed there must be several alternative strategies
守株待兔 shǒu zhū dài tù
Counts on luck rather than action to reach goals. Laziness and inaction
兔死狗烹 tù sǐ gǒu pēng
Watch your back. Once the job is done you may be sacked
兔死狐悲 tù sǐ hú bēi
Showing false grief to conceal true feeling
兔子不吃窝边草 tù zi bù chī wō biān cǎo
Thieves do not steal from neighbors
tù zi hare
Along with many other things the Chinese lay claim to the invention of the kite. Kite flying
remains very popular in China and many can be seen flying in public parks. In the past they have been used for military purposes but fishing is probably the most ancient use.
Eight legged essay
If you think yourself unlucky when sitting examinations consider the lot of the Chinese student in ancient times. China has a history of examinations going back two thousand years which gradually became more and more tough. Candidates were locked in over night and had to try to memorize exactly Chinese classics that are the length of the Bible. In Ming dynasty times the eight legged essay was the toughest challenge. The candidate's answer had to be in eight parts structured by strict rules. Students needed to study to the age of 30 before taking them and could then retry year after year. Read More
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