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                      圖窮匕見 (tú qióng bǐ xiàn)
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                      In the end of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), there was a strong country named Qin (秦). It wanted to annex other countries to unite China. In 228 BC, the Qin army captured a country and prepared to attack another country named Yan (燕). So the prince Dan (丹)of Yan sent a brave man called Jing Ke (荊軻) to assassinate the King of Qin.

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                      兔死狐悲 (tù sǐ hú bēi)
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                      altOnce a fox and a hare became friends with the purpose of defending themselves against their joint enemy, hunters, and swore to partake their fate for each other in weal or woe. One day as they were enjoying the natural beauty together in the fields, all of a sudden, a party of hunters came and the hare was instantly shot dead. The fox had a narrow escape. After the hunters had gone, the fox came and wept over the death of his mate.

                      An elderly gentleman who happened to pass by was surprised at the scene. Curiously, he asked the fox the reason of her bitter weeping.

                      The fox sorrowfully replied: "We are small animals and being the prey of hunters had planned to defend ourselves against our joint enemy, hunters, promising to partake our fate for each others in weal or woe. Now our enemy has killed my companion his death may mean the death of me tomorrow. We are real friends and real friends must share everything. How could I not help weeping!"

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                      兔死狗烹 (tù sǐ gǒu pēng)
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                      altDuring the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū 春秋時期,770-476 BC), there were two famous senior officials in the State of Yue. The King of the Yue named Gou Jian didn't accept the advice of Fan Li and blindly launched an attack against the neighboring State of Wu. As a result, he suffered disastrous defeat and was caught by the King of Wu. The King of Wu took him back and had him as a slave. Fan Li persuaded him to endure humiliation, pretend to surrender and wait for an opportunity to avenge.

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                      完璧歸趙 (wán bì guī zhào)
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                      In the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 戰國,481 - 386BC),Zhao Wang (zhao wang 趙王),the King of the State of Zhao (zhào guó 趙國) got an extraordinarily fabulous jade from someone. Qin Wang (qín wáng 秦王) the ruthless ruler of the state of Qin (qín guó 秦國),who reigned a far more powerful country,also wanted the rare treasure badly,promising to exchange it with 15 cities.

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                      網開一面 (wǎng kāi yī miàn)
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                      Beginning with Yu the Great, the Xia Dynasty had lasted about four hundred years before Jie became the supreme ruler.And that was in the 18th century BC. Jie was extremely tyrannical and dissolute. This aroused great resentment among the people. Tang, the Chief of the tribe Shang took advantage of this situation to overthrow the Xia Dynasty and established the Shang Dynasty in the early 17th century BC. Among the preparations for the overthrow had been the winning over of popular support.

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                      望洋興嘆 (wàng yáng xīng tàn)
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                      altThis is an old fable story about the gods. Long long ago, there lived in the Yellow River (huáng hé 黃河) a river god known as He Bo (hé bó河伯). One day, He Bo stood on the riverbank and watched the turbulent waves from the west surging forward to the east. Being very impressed by the magnificent scene, he said excitedly and conceitedly:"How big the Yellow River is !It’s so broad and spectacular that can dwarf any other rivers in the world. Well,it’s safe to say that I am the greatest river god."

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