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Wed 21st Aug

Chinese Politburo

The top layer of government in China is the ‘Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party’ or SCP. The seven (previously nine) members are drawn from the Politburo of the Communist Party of 25 members. No woman has ever been a member of the SCP. All the key offices of state are held by members of the SCP (President, Premier etc.)
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Proverb

Huā huā shì jiè [hua hua shi jie]
flower flower lifespan limit
Life full of experience. Dazzling world of excitement
World seething with life
Tue 20th Aug

Qufu

The temple complex at Qufu that honor Confucius's birthplace rival Imperial palaces in their size and opulence. The reverence shown to Confucius over most of the last two thousand years is inspiring. Descendents of Confucius (family name in Chinese Kong) still live at Qufu and are in the 83rd generation making it the longest documented family tree in the world.
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On this day

2008 Hua Guofeng died 2008 (11 years ago)

Proverb

Qí hǔ nán xià [qi hu nan xia]
ride tiger difficult down
When on a tiger's back, it is hard to dismount
When taking risks you have to live with the consequences, it is difficult to back out
He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
Mon 19th Aug

Qufu

The temple complex at Qufu that honor Confucius's birthplace rival Imperial palaces in their size and opulence. The reverence shown to Confucius over most of the last two thousand years is inspiring. Descendents of Confucius (family name in Chinese Kong) still live at Qufu and are in the 83rd generation making it the longest documented family tree in the world.
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Proverb

Huò cóng kǒu chū [huo cong kou chu]
disaster from mouth emerge
The wrong words can bring disaster
Be careful what you say
Sun 18th Aug

Qufu

The temple complex at Qufu that honor Confucius's birthplace rival Imperial palaces in their size and opulence. The reverence shown to Confucius over most of the last two thousand years is inspiring. Descendents of Confucius (family name in Chinese Kong) still live at Qufu and are in the 83rd generation making it the longest documented family tree in the world.
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On this day

1227 Genghis Khan died 1227 (792 years ago)

Proverb

Cì zǐ qiān jīn bù rú jiào zǐ [ci zi qian jin bu ru jiao zi yi yi]
grant child thousand cash not like teach child one skill
Better to teach a child a skill than give money
Learning a new skill will pay dividends in the future
Sat 17th Aug

Qufu

The temple complex at Qufu that honor Confucius's birthplace rival Imperial palaces in their size and opulence. The reverence shown to Confucius over most of the last two thousand years is inspiring. Descendents of Confucius (family name in Chinese Kong) still live at Qufu and are in the 83rd generation making it the longest documented family tree in the world.
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On this day

1926 Jiang Zemin born at Yangzhou Jiangsu 1926 (93 years ago)

Proverb

Chòu bù kě dāng [chou bu ke dang]
smelly not can equal
Worst ever smell
To give off an unbearable stink
Fri 16th Aug

Qufu

The temple complex at Qufu that honor Confucius's birthplace rival Imperial palaces in their size and opulence. The reverence shown to Confucius over most of the last two thousand years is inspiring. Descendents of Confucius (family name in Chinese Kong) still live at Qufu and are in the 83rd generation making it the longest documented family tree in the world.
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Proverb

Qiān jīn mǎi xiào [qian jin mai xiao]
thousand gold buy smile
A smile costing a thousand ounces of gold
A target that is very hard to attain. Spending lavishly to attract a young woman
Beijing, temple, gateway
Yonghegong lama temple, Beijing

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