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Sat 14th Sep

The name of Confucius

The name in Chinese is 孔子 Kǒngzǐ or 孔夫子 Kǒngfūzǐ meaning “Master Kong” as Kong is the surname. His descendents, now in the 83rd generation still live at his birthplace Qufu, Shandong. Confucius is the Wade-Giles approximation of the name in English.
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On this day

1368 Mongol dynasty ended 1368 (651 years ago)
1998 Yang Shangkun died 1998 (21 years ago)

Proverb

奸巨猾
Laǒ jiān jù huá [lao jian ju hua]
old crafty great cunning
To be very crafty and cunning
To be tricky, cunning, crafty. Well versed in the ways of the world
All's fair in love and war
Fri 13th Sep

The name of Confucius

The name in Chinese is 孔子 Kǒngzǐ or 孔夫子 Kǒngfūzǐ meaning “Master Kong” as Kong is the surname. His descendents, now in the 83rd generation still live at his birthplace Qufu, Shandong. Confucius is the Wade-Giles approximation of the name in English.
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Proverb

弹琴
Duì niú tán qín [dui niu tan qin]
face ox play musical qin
To play a qin (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) to a cow
To address an inappropriate and unappreciative audience
Pearls before swine
Thu 12th Sep

The name of Confucius

The name in Chinese is 孔子 Kǒngzǐ or 孔夫子 Kǒngfūzǐ meaning “Master Kong” as Kong is the surname. His descendents, now in the 83rd generation still live at his birthplace Qufu, Shandong. Confucius is the Wade-Giles approximation of the name in English.
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Proverb

针毡
Rú zuò zhēn zhān [ru zuo zhen zhan]
like sit needle carpet
Like sitting on a carpet of needles
To feel tense and uneasy
Wed 11th Sep

The name of Confucius

The name in Chinese is 孔子 Kǒngzǐ or 孔夫子 Kǒngfūzǐ meaning “Master Kong” as Kong is the surname. His descendents, now in the 83rd generation still live at his birthplace Qufu, Shandong. Confucius is the Wade-Giles approximation of the name in English.
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On this day

1982 Hu Yaobang no longer Chairman Chinese Communist Party 1982 (37 years ago)
1982 Hu Yaobang became General Secretary Communist Party 1982 (37 years ago)

Proverb

骨悚然
Maó gǔ sǒng rán [mao gu song ran]
hair bone fearful promise
Hair standing on end
Petrified with fright
Tue 10th Sep

Desert

China is usually thought of warm and humid but the country has some of the hottest and driest deserts in the world. 20% of the land area ids classified as desert. The Taklimakan desert is a large desert in Xinjiang province, which is still a difficult desert to cross. Its Arabic name means something like 'abandoned place'.
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On this day

210BCE Emperor Qin Shihuangdi no longer ruler 210BCE (2,230 years ago)
1980 Hua Guofeng no longer Premier PRC 1980 (39 years ago)
1980 Zhao Ziyang became Premier PRC 1980 (39 years ago)

Proverb

Fǔ kuài bú pà mù chái yìng [fu kuai bu pa mu chai ying]
axe sharp no fear wood hard
A sharp axe does not fear hard wood
A talented person is not afraid of a difficult task
Mon 9th Sep

Acupuncture

One main branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concerns acupuncture. Over many centuries practitioners have worked out acupuncture points that can be used to block pain and cure illness. Traditionally the points are associated with the flow of 'qi' through the body. Qi is the life essence and proponents of the Daoist tradition believe controlling qi is essential to a long and healthy life.
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On this day

1945 Wang Jingwei Regime ended 1945 (74 years ago)
1976 Mao Zedong died 1976 (43 years ago)
1976 Mao Zedong no longer Paramount Leader 1976 (43 years ago)
1976 Hua Guofeng became Paramount Leader 1976 (43 years ago)

Proverb

Jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì [jiu niu er hu zhi li]
nine ox two tiger 's strength
The strength of nine bulls and two tigers
Tremendously strong
Henan, Kaifeng, garden, bridge, pagoda
Classical garden at Qingming Riverside, Kaifeng, Henan

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