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Thu 23rd Feb
During the Taiping Rebellion both sides of the Civil War received support from British civilians. Augustus Lindley ➚
helped the Taiping cause and wrote a book of his experiences 'The History of the Ti-ping Revolution'. On the other side General Charles Gordon ➚
helped the Qing forces, and he was ultimately successful in beating the Taipings.
not enter tiger den how get tiger cub
Without entering a tiger's den how can you hope to fetch a tiger cub
Great rewards require a great risk
Fortune favors the brave. Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Wed 22nd Feb
The Silk Route
The transport of the delicate but non perishable fabric silk was one of the precious goods transported over the Silk Route
. The name 'silk route' is a relatively modern creation as it was first used in the 19th century. It is misleading as it represents a whole network of roads that led into China through the Gansu
corridor. It was most important in the Tang and Mongol dynasties.
On this day705
Empress Wu Zetian no longer ruler 705 (1,312 years ago)
harmony face contended colour
Having a happy face looking contented
Tue 21st Feb
All three recent Presidents of China studied engineering at University. Jiang Zemin
: Electrical Engineering, Shanghai 1947; Hu Jintao
: Hydraulic Engineering, Beijing 1965 and Xi Jinping
: Chemical Engineering, Beijing 1979.
On this day1876
Murder of Captain Margery 1876 (141 years ago) 1972
Nixon visit to China began 1972 (45 years ago)
Handan study gait
Learning how the residents of Handan walk ➚
. A story of a man who took on the gait of a cityfolk trying to impress but could no longer walk properly
Pompous and pretentious. Trying too hard to impress
Mon 20th Feb
The Li river scenery between Guilin and Yangshao has been considered the most beautiful in China for hundreds of years. The limestone has been worn away by the waters to leave strange towering pinnacles covered in lush vegetation.
big develop thunder
Develop large thunderstorm
Fly into an extreme rage
To spit nails
Sun 19th Feb
The Chinese have a rich mixture of festivals ancient and modern to celebrate. Some have dates fixed by the traditional lunar calendar, some by the traditional solar calendar and the modern ones by the Western calendar so the dates move around each year. Most months have some kind of festival. Public holidays are now usually moved to be close to the festival date often giving a long weekend rather than a day off in the middle of the week. There are two longer public holidays, one for Chinese New year (usually three days) and one for October 1st National Day (also typically three days).
On this day1997 Deng Xiaoping
died 1997 (20 years ago)
lose sheep mend pen
Mend the pen after the sheep are lost
Can mean taking action too late or to protect against a future repeat of misfortune
Mend the stable door after the horse has bolted
Sat 18th Feb
The tradition of clapping to show appreciation is a European tradition. In China clapping was used mainly to drive out evil spirits. This is a clear example of how different cultures can develop different traditions. Similarly shaking hands as a greeting is European, in China a greeting was made with a bow.
On this day1294
Kublai Khan no longer ruler 1294 (723 years ago)
good fortune not double arrive, misfortune not single walk
Blessings come along alone; troubles often come together
Bad fortune is more frequent than good
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