30 Chinese Idioms to do with animals

duì niú tán qín对 牛 弹 琴 Playing music for the cattle(牛niú);Meaning: It is waste of time to presenting facts and reasoning things with an obstinate or foolish person.   jiǔ niú yī máo 九 牛 一 毛 A hair of nine cattles(牛niú);Meaning: a thing or a matter which is tiny and insignificant.   chē shuǐ mǎ lóng 车 水 马 龙 The vehicles driving like flowing water; horses riding like flying dragon(龙 lóng);Meaning: the…

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Saying Sorry in Chinese

Here is a list of phrases used to express sorry in Chinese, together with the explanation and applicable situation where you can use these phrases. 1.  对不起 duì bù qǐ Sorry: This is the most common way to say sorry in Chinese. You can use it when you carelessly step on stranger’s foot. Or you can say it when you make your friends waiting for 10 minutes. 2.  真对不起了  zhēn duì…

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Sū Zhōu (苏州) – Handicraft Paradise

By principle you dislike big cities. They are crowded, noisy and polluted. You live in a small town in southeastern China and you’re very happy because of that. Once in a while however, you feel the need to see something more –  to see, so called ‘big world’. Weather it is out of curiosity, or simply to have an excuse that you haven’t spend your whole time in the middle…

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Chinese Gift-Giving: What Not to Give

Generally speaking, picking a gift is an acquired skill. This is especially true in Chinese culture. As a country carrying a long heritage of courtesy (礼lǐ), gift-giving in China is certainly a gesture of art. Presents, 礼物(lǐwù) in Chinese, literally means “a courtesy item”. While courtesy is a cultural construction, if one does not know what is considered inappropriate in the Chinese culture, it is easy to make mistakes and…

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