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千金买笑qiān jīn mǎi xiào A target that is very hard to attain. Spending lavishly to attract a young woman 五十步笑一百步wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job done when only half done. 笑里藏刀xiaò lǐ cáng dāo Malice concealed by apparent friendliness 笑一笑,十年少xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic 一笑解千愁yī xiào jiě qiān chóu Keep cheerful against all the odds
The Great Wall
One of China's great accomplishments that is genuinely awe-inspiring is the Great Wall. On our page describing the wall we debunk some of the many myths surrounding its construction. For centuries the wall has stood unused and so large sections have fallen into disrepair. The sections to the north of Beijing are the most visited and here the Great Wall snakes its way up and over mountains. Read More
Any recent visitor to China will have come away astonished by the pace of change. Huge, new buildings pop-up everywhere. The government has a strategy of planned construction of whole new urban centers. While the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of Deng Xiaoping's era have prospered there is now more than example of how this strategy has failed to deliver. Ordos has been widely featured as a modern ghost town because a local boom from coal mining did not take place. Other developments within Tianjin, Kunming cities and at Yingkou, Liaoning have also failed to find take-up by companies. The government strategy seems to be moving from designating new cities to develop to following industrial development - only putting new urban cities where there is a demonstrable need for them.