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Idiom: Chen Yu Luo Yan (To make the fish sink and the wild goose fall) [Copy link] 中文

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In Chinese ancient history, there were four well-known beauties named Xi Shi (西施), Wang Zhaojun (王昭君), Diao chan (貂蝉), Yang Yuhuan (杨玉环). Though they were not in the same period, their unforgettable beauties were univerally acclaimed by the later generations.

Xi Shi lived in the state of Yue (越国), during the Spring and autum period (春秋,770 - 221BC). One day, she and a group of her femal friends went to a nearby river to wash yarn. The sky was blue, the water was extremly crystal that they could see flocks of fish swimming in the water here and there cheerfully. The fish, too, could see the girls very clearly. Suddenly, all of the fish began to swim swiftly downward to the bottom of the water, being shocked by the unparalleled beauty of Xi Shi and feeling ashamed themselves. Before long, the interesting story were diffused and known by most civillians around the country. They therefore gave Shi Shr a nickname "The girl makes the fish sink", demonstrating how beautiful she was.

Wang Zhaojun was another beauty lived during Han dynasty (汉朝, 202BC - 220AD). The king of Han was obsessed by the potential war between Han and one enemy coutry, intending to find a reconciliation. In the end, he came up with an idea -- send Wang Zhaojun as a gift to the king of the enemy courty so as to avoid the direct conflict. A few days later, Wang Zhaojun and a group of guards set off to the enemy courty. One day, on their way to the distanat north country, there was a wild goose flying above the head of wang jau-jun. It was so appalled by the beauty of wang that it even forgot to flap wings, then fell down heavily into the forest.

Nowaday, if a girl's beauty is overwhelming, we can say she is the one that "can make the fish sink and the wild goose fall".



Source: foreignercn.com

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