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Does this building on chinese painting exist for real ? May the text which come along be of any help?

the building exists, it’s called “turtle tower”, in hanoi, vietnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoàn_Kiếm_Lake
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老氏讀易得間 Help me understand this, not homework

老氏讀易得間 老氏:即老子 Laozi。 讀易:研讀《易經》 to study 《I Jing》,《Book of Changes》 得間: ㄉㄜˊ ㄐㄧㄢˋ , dé jiàn 得:得到 to get, to find, to obtain 間:是「間隙、孔竅」的意思,引申為「竅門、訣竅」。 間 means "the gaps, orifices, openings or holes",...
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Clipping the Emperor’s wings

翦除羽翼 (Clipping one's wings) is a metaphor for "remove one's power base (assistants and supporters)" A bird cannot fly without wings ; an emperor cannot rule without able assistants 羽翼 itself is a ...
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How are "vernacular" and "literary" readings of characters chosen and used outside of Mandarin?

Firstly, let us clarify one distinction: "literary Chinese" (文言文), a register of the written language in common use across the East Asian Sinosphere before the early 20th century. Its opposite is "...
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Can anyone tell me what this means please? I think it is a proverb

From Tao Te Ching ("Canon of morality") attributed to Laozi. These words are excerpted from various parts. Various translation exists, and here I am just being literal. 上善若水。水善利萬物而不爭。(part 8) The ...
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Is my interpretation of "向右往后勾提。至甲势已背时" correct in the context of Tai Chi?

first of all a two-person push hands sequence the mentioned verse is of sparring (散手), not push hand (推手) 甲 is the left man, grey cloth; 乙 is the right one, white cloth 乙被掤・乘勢含胸拔背・向右轉腰坐腿・右手刁住甲右腕・...
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What exactly is an ancient Tang dynasty 壺?

doesn’t a google images search of “故宮” + “館藏” + “唐代” + “壺“ suit your need? it would be something like these: ok, these three are “執壺” (a 壺 with handle & spout) update: the photo provided in ...
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Problem in understanding classical Chinese sentences

對揚王休﹒用作尊彝 this verse come from the inscription on 免尊 對 - 報答, to requite 揚 - 讚揚, to praise 王 - the king, or ruler 休 - 樹蔭 shade of a tree --> 庇蔭 to shield --> 美德 virtue 用作 - ~ use for 尊彝 - 彝 is ...
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how to translate "何如" in 呂氏春秋?

there're 7 occurrences of "何如" in 呂氏春秋: http://ctext.org/lv-shi-chun-qiu/zh?searchu=何如 translate "何如" as "how" is appropriate, in some of them. 1 季冬紀﹒不侵 http://ctext.org/lv-shi-chun-qiu/bu-qin/zh?...
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Meaning of 不之禁也 in context

As you may have noticed, the two senses of 禁 are pronounced with different tones: 禁 meaning "forbid": jìn 禁 meaning "endure/tolerate": jīn Actually the English word "...
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Can anyone give me an idea of how to understand [這-言+(血/(豕-一))]?

I don't care about pronunciation, what would it mean? This is not the right idea. Chinese characters represent words, and words have both sound and meaning. If you knew what the pronunciation is, you ...
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Meaning of 道生一,一生二,二生三,三生万物

The meaning I would present is With the principles of nature, the fundamentals were produced. Everything else are then produced from the fundamentals. The explanation of the principle and the ...
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將以求吾所大欲也 meaning of 將

i would interpret 將 in that sentence as "in near future" (即將). 抑王興甲兵.危士臣.構怨於諸侯.然後快於心與 王曰.否.吾何快於是.將以求吾所大欲也 mencius challenged 齊宣王, said "or (抑), your majestic (王) increases (興) armours ...
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Origin of Chinese Parable: Devils and Righteous Man

claiming this parable has chinese origin is doubtful. several themes in the text are very un-chinese, against the customs & culture: 1 "travelling through the country" 2 such travelling with a ...
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What does 前後鼓吹 mean?

鼓 = (beat) Drum 吹 = blow (trumpet) "Beating the drum and blowing the trumpet around the person" Similar terms: 前后部鼓吹,两部鼓吹
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Translation of 織草為茵 in context

织草为茵 (Weaving grass into a carpet/ grass is woven into a carpet) is the literal meaning It figuratively describes the scene as 'densely grown grass look like a woven carpet' (you can imagine it was ...
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Why put a comma in 告纣之罪于天,及殷民?

well, read the preceding verses together as: 周公把大鉞・召公把小鉞・以夾武王・釁社・告紂之罪于天・及殷民 roughly, mr 周 was holding a big battle-axe, mr 召 was holding a smaller battle-axe, 武王 was standing in between (周公把大鉞・召公把小鉞・...
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Difference between 且... 且... and 一面… 一面

Yes, they function similarly [且 X 且 Y] is a classical literary structure, only used with monosyllabic verbs and no complements. Example: 且戰且退 [一面 X 一面 Y] is more colloquial and works with verbs or ...
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Can anyone give me an idea of how to understand [這-言+(血/(豕-一))]?

A few close ones: 汉语大字典第二版 p.4141, sound chang4, meaning 逸. Also in 中华字海 p. 651 but sound chong4. 异体字字典 has the following variants for 還: , .
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how to search words / clauses in classical / literary chinese?

to search words / clauses (combinations of 2-9 characters) in classical / literary chinese, it's straightforward; if you know the methods, and able to visit the recommended sites {some of them are ...
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How to Interpret 認不真 in 須認真. 若認不真. 便都成了假的?

「認真」is a common two characters compound word. It means 'serious' (adj.) Since it is an adjective, we can add the negative function word 「不」(not ) before it, and form an negative phrase 「不認真」(not ...
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Why is does the Chinese language hardly, if ever, use sarcasm

NOTE: I don't have any interest in writing in English, because I would like to use Chinese to satirize the OP. 阁下妙论,澳洲雪雹也乎?其立也高,其势也疾,接地砉然有声,力透琉璃之窗。怙林火,恃烟霾,笼盖旷野,赤白交灰。九州炎嗣,莫不啖烧肉以观。至于贵国上民,安然享之,略加指点以寰宇气象,...
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Clipping the Emperor’s wings

well, the wiki had a different version of interpretation of the event of “御史安維峻“. “御史” is a “censorate official” in imperial china’s civil bureaucracy “安維峻”, the romanisation would be (pinyin): an, ...
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Can anyone help identifying this chinese seal stamps on a painting?

張路 穆昕風/星昕風 (not sure) 寄情 (奇崝?) For #1 I am pretty sure since in your another post the full text can be read, 劍湖春曉甲戍新春初四日寫於河內張路, `Sword Lake's Spring morning, 甲戍, new year the fourth day (after), ...
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Meaning of 不之禁也 in context

What 之 refers to 之 refers to 縱其所好,雜設玩具以娛目 (indulgence in their interests and placing toys all over to please the eye). You are right in translating 'they don't forbid these'. Differentiating the two ...
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Meaning of 不之禁也 in context

禁(jìn) means to forbid. 禁(jīn) means to tolerate, to endure. 纵其所好,杂设玩具以娱目,不之禁也. Here, 禁(jìn) means to forbid. Toys are not forbidden.
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Meaning of 不之禁也 in context

(tolerated/forbidden???) which meaning of 禁 to pick well, an interesting uncertainty 😹 the traditional “chinese” education style, private school (私塾), is a repressive environment. children ...
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Purpose of 者 in (noun)者,所(verb)也 structure

noun 者・所 verb 也 in such structure, the “者” served two purpose: indicate a pause as a modal particle, to adjust the mood, or flow of the verse in 禮記 禮運 故君者・所明也 Hence the ruler is he to whose ...
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What are the usages of 甫 and 氏 after names for a single person?

甫 (1) just; only (2) one's courtesy name 王謙言山介甫序 姓: 王 名: 謙言 字: 山介 = 山介(甫) 序 = sign 氏 in 范陽盧氏、清河崔氏 is either the clan's name (same as 姓) or a woman's maiden surname Which means 范陽盧氏 can mean "...
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