Apr 23, 2010

China FDC on "Stories of Idioms (2nd Series)"

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Stories of Idioms (2nd Series)

Date of Issue : 18 April 2010

This set of stamps includes four Chinese Idioms often used to enlighten and encourage people.

(On the top FDC, from left to right)
4-1 : The Foolish Old Man Removed the Mountains
In ancient times, there was an old man in front of whose house were Taihang and Wangwu Mountains, which made it inconvenient for him to come and go. So, he gathered his family and began to dig the mountain and move the earth elsewhere, believing that with their unremitting efforts, the mountains would finally be leveled. This story implies that indomitable perseverance may lead to success.

4-2 : Sleeping on Brushwood and Tasting Gall
In the Spring and Autumn period, the State of Wu defeated the State of Yue, and captured the king of Yue, Guo Jian. After he was released and returned to his country, Guo Jian, never forgetting his humiliation, slept on a pile of brushwood and tasted gall before every meal. After several years of endurance and preparation, he finally conquered the State of Wu. This story encourages those who were once defeated or humiliated to inspire themselves and strive hard for recovery.

(On the bottom FDC, from left to right)
4-3 : Mao Sui Recommending Himself
During the Warring State period, the State of Qin besieged the capital of the State of Zhao. Duke Pingyuan of Zhao planned to ask the ruler of the State of Chu for assistance, and a man called Mao Sui volunteered to accompany him to Chu. At the crucial moment of negotiation, Mao Sui approached the ruler of Chu, brandishing a sword, and finally made him agree to unite Zhao against Qin. This story implies the spirit and courage to come forward to recommend oneself.

4-4 : Rising Up to Practice Swordplay upon Hearing the Rooster Crow
In the Jin Dynasty, to realize his wish of rendering meritorious service to the country, Zu Ti rose up every morning at the moment he heard the crow of a rooster to practice swordplay, and finally become a capable general. This story implies that ambition and diligence pay off.

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