qián Heaven

Sounds same

qián (money) qián qián (front)

Different tone

qiān (thousand) qiān qiǎn (shallow) qiàn (yawn)

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Burning the books

One of the actions that the First Qin Emperor Shihuangdi is famous for is 'the burning of the books'. Although this is seen as a repressive and authoritarian move it has to be put in context. One of the reasons for the move was to impose a single written language over the whole nation, destroying the old books was intended to accelerate this process. The move had the fortunate consequence that many old books were hidden away to escape destruction and were 'lost' for many centuries before being later recovered.
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