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Tue 21st May

Tiananmen Square

There have been two major incidents of unrest in Tiananmen Square. The first on 5th April 1976 in called the 'Tiananmen Square Incident' when mourners for Zhou Enlai were seen as signaling their disapproval of the Gang of Four. The second incident was April to June 1989 when a student led occupation of the square was brutally suppressed. The demonstration sought a slowdown of economic reform, crack-down on corruption, more tax on the rich as well as democracy.
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On this day

1086 Wang Anshi died 1086 (933 years ago)

Proverb

眼泪救
Yǎn lèi jiù bù liǎo huǒ [yan lei jiu bu liao huo]
tears rescued not fire
Tears do not put out the fire
Decisive action is needed in a crisis not regrets
Mon 20th May

Tiananmen Square

There have been two major incidents of unrest in Tiananmen Square. The first on 5th April 1976 in called the 'Tiananmen Square Incident' when mourners for Zhou Enlai were seen as signaling their disapproval of the Gang of Four. The second incident was April to June 1989 when a student led occupation of the square was brutally suppressed. The demonstration sought a slowdown of economic reform, crack-down on corruption, more tax on the rich as well as democracy.
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On this day

1062 Bao Zheng died 1062 (957 years ago)
1948 Chiang Kaishek became President Republic of China 1948 (71 years ago)

Proverb

落井
Luò jǐng xià shí [luo jing xia shi]
fall well throw stone
After someone falls into a well throw in a stone
To add needlessly to someone's misfortunes
Hit a man when he is down
Sun 19th May

Tiananmen Square

There have been two major incidents of unrest in Tiananmen Square. The first on 5th April 1976 in called the 'Tiananmen Square Incident' when mourners for Zhou Enlai were seen as signaling their disapproval of the Gang of Four. The second incident was April to June 1989 when a student led occupation of the square was brutally suppressed. The demonstration sought a slowdown of economic reform, crack-down on corruption, more tax on the rich as well as democracy.
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Proverb

蜡烛,却毁
Là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ [la zhu zhao liang bie ren, que hui mie le zi ji]
candle illuminate bright other people, but destroy extinguish itself
A candle illuminates others at the cost of burning itself up
Helping others at the cost of not looking after yourself
Love thy neighbor as thyself
Sat 18th May

Goodbye!

The Chinese say farewell or goodbye with 再见 zài jiàn meaning literally 'again see'. This is the same construction as 'au revoir' in French.
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Proverb

Chū shēng rù sǐ [chu sheng ru si]
be born enter death
To risk one's life
Offer unquestioning support
Through thick and thin
Fri 17th May

Jin dynasty

When the Khitan people drove the Song dynasty out of northern China they established their capital at Zhongdu (Beijing) and in many ways turned to Chinese traditions. They bore the brunt of the assault of the Mongols and ruled for just over a hundred years.
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Proverb

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Jiàn zài xián shàng, bù dé bù fā [jian zai xian shang, bu de bu fa]
arrow exist string on, not get no deliver
When the arrow is on the string, it must be shot
Things have reached a point when something must be done
Thu 16th May

Hainan Island

Hainan only became a province in 1988, previously it had been administered as part of Guangdong. As the extreme southernmost point of Chinese control, the island had long been used as a place of exile for court officials. The most famous exile was the poet Su Shi of the Song dynasty. It now has a thriving gambling and tourist industry.
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On this day

1981 Song Qingling became President PRC 1981 (38 years ago)

Proverb

Cáng lóng wò hǔ [cang long wo hu]
hide dragon lie tiger
Hidden dragon, crouching tiger
There are often people around with great power and skill
Beijing, Beihai Park
The Beihai Park, imperial garden in Beijing. December 2007. Image by storyvillegirl available under a Creative Commons License

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