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              Ancient Chinese Myths and Legends
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              ?Nvwa Mended the Firmament
              Chinese legends
              (chuán shuō 傳說) reflect the dreams, history, and values of the Chinese people, and they link today with the past. Many of these tales are more than a thousand years old, but they are still popular today. In China, depictions of legendary characters are printed on greeting cards and calendars, carved on door and window frames, and painted on vases. Children learn these stories in school, and through comic books and cartoons. Legends are often the basis for plays and operas. The Moon Maiden (cháng é 嫦娥), Monkey King (měi hóu wáng 美猴王), and other characters advertise products on television.

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              Chinese Temple
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              ??Mahavira Hall
              Temples is the symbolization of the long history and rich?culture of China, and are regarded as valuable?art treasures. Generally speaking, temple is not only related to Buddhism. However, in Buddhism, there are many kinds of titles for temple: such as "Temple", which does not refer to?Buddhist temple. Official residences were known as Temple since the Qin Dynasty (qín cháo 秦朝). In the?Han Dynasty?(hàn cháo 漢朝), the living place of the monks from the West also known as Temple. From then on, temple has become professionals of Chinese Buddhist architecture gradually. It also can be said that when Buddhism spread to China, Chinese people called t the Buddhist architecture as temple so as to show respect for Buddhism.

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              Imperial Palace
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              gongting

              The imperial palace, the official residence of the emperor and his family, is the most vital architecture in ancient China.
              There were certain architectural features that were reserved solely for buildings built for the Emperor of China. One example is the use of yellow roof tiles; yellow having been the Imperial color, yellow roof tiles still adorn most of the buildings within the Forbidden City (gù gōng 故宮). The Temple of Heaven (tiān tán 天壇), however, uses blue roof tiles to symbolize the sky.

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              Daily Figurative Slangs (65)
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              Chinese slangs

              不買賬
              Not buy it.

              【發音】bù mǎi zhàng

              【釋義】比喻不承認對方的長處或力量,不佩服或不服從。
              ??????????? Be unwilling to accept someone’s authority or advantage; not go for it.

              【例1】對于官僚主義,群眾是不買賬的。
              ?????????? The masses won’t go for bureaucracy.

              【例2】房子降價了,可消費者還是不買賬。
              ?????????? Though the house price has fallen down, customers still won’t go for it.

               
              Sundial and Copper Kettle Clepsydra
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              ????? The Sundial
              In ancient China, people calculated time according to the position of the sun, the moon and stars in the sky. However, such method was not very accurate. Afterwards, by watching the sun, someone designed a kind of time-counter to identify the time—the sundial (rì guǐ 日晷).

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              Mogao Grottoes
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              Situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route (sī chóu zhī lù 絲綢之路), at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao Grottoes (mò gāo kū 莫高窟) are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. The Mogao Grottoes contain priceless paintings, sculptures, some 50,000 Buddhist scriptures, historical documents, textiles, and other relics that first stunned the world in the early 1900s.
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