The ancient Chinese are certainly one of the most inventive
people in history, with Chinese medicine, the block printing
governmental system, compass and fengshui, I
Ching and Eight
Trigrams, just to name a few, all to their credit. Among
them, one of the greatest Chinese inventions will have to
be attributed to the Chinese characters, or more precisely,
the Han Characters
Thousands years later, along with Confucius,
medicine and many other major Chinese culture aspects,
Chinese characters were imported to neighbouring countries,
such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam, and became an important
part of their own official writing system respectively.
The following is an interesting short essay by Chinese language
expert Mr Zhao Yuanren (赵元任: 1892 - 1982). It was composed
with Chinese characters that share the same pronunciation,
consequently, the essay can only be understood by viewing
but not by reading out.
Poet Shi lived in a stone house, vowed to eat ten lions.
As he couldn't find any in mountains, he went to the market
to search for his delicacies.
It was ten o'clock in the morning, a hunter who captured
ten lions emerging. When the cage opened, the lions began
to fight, among each other, with viciousness and vigour,
until all breathed to their last.
Mr Shi purchased dead lions, and carried them to his dampened
stone house. He ordered his servants to clean the rooms,
and sat down to enjoy the feast of the lion meat.
Although his teeth were as sharp as steel saw, the lion
meat was as tough as iron ore. At last Shi realised what
he had just bought were the lions made of stone and granite.
And this is contributed by Chinese Netizens:
At due noon, fifty kung fu masters performed lion dances,
and all missed their lunches;
Mature minded intellectuals try to manage the world
affairs, and end up creating more troubles.
And how about this:
Rape of Nanjing