明枪易躲,暗箭难防míng qiāng yì duǒ, àn jiàn nán fáng It is difficult to guard against furtive attacks 千军易得, 一将难求qiān jūn yì dé, yī jiang nán qiú It is hard to find an outstanding leader 谈何容易tán hé róng yì Not as easy as it seemed 易如反掌yì rú fǎn zhǎng Simple. Very easy
From 1685 until 1840 Guangzhou (called Canton by the foreigners) was the only place in China that trade with foreign ships could be made. Foreigners were not allowed to set foot on the mainland, only Shamian island and then on restricted days of the year. The corrupt Cohongs who acted as middlemen made huge profits out of the trade. The system was forcibly shutdown by the British in the Opium Wars. Read More
The famous Long March of the Communists started at Jinggangshan, Jiangxi where they were encircled by Nationalist forces. On 16th October 1934 about 100,000 troops attempted to break out, most died in the attempt. 36,000 began the Long March of 8,000 miles [12,875 kms] through mountainous Western China. About 10,000 finally arrived on 22nd October 1935 at Yan'an Shaanxi. Read More
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