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Heroes through history

Children give their opinions of Chinese heroes throughout history

05·13·2016

Well done YCIS! Students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing proved their Chinese prowess and handwrote, in characters, descriptions of heroes they chose from Chinese history. Their writing skills and thorough research left our editors feeling quite sheepish—it seems there is a thing or two we could learn from them.

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1 — Confucius

551 BC-479 BC

孔子三岁的时候,父亲就去世了,所以他小时候的生活很艰难。但是,他还是很好学,到处找有名的老师,向他们学习,所以他成了一个很博学的人。

When Confucius was three, his father died. He lived a tough life from an early age. But he was studious and sought famous teachers. That’s how he became such a knowledgeable man.

2 — Qu Yuan

c. 340 BC -278 BC

“举世皆浊我独清,众人皆醉我独醒。”这就是屈原投入汨罗江前所说的一句话。他很有才华,热爱写诗。作为臣子,他对楚国尽心尽力,对楚王忠心耿耿。

“I alone am pure and sober in this muddled world.” These were Qu Yuan’s last words before he jumped into the Miluo River. He was very talented and loved writing poetry. As a vassal, he was utterly devoted to the Chu Kingdom and loyal to the emperor.

3 — Emperor Qin Shi Huang

259 BC-210 BC

他统一了文字和度量衡,连接和修筑了万里长城。虽因暴政饱受批评,但仍被誉为

“千古一帝”。

He unified Chinese language and systems of measurement and built the Great Wall. Though he was criticized for being a tyrant, he’s still known as “an emperor for the millennia.”

4 — Zhuge Liang

181-234

敌人要做什么,他往往都能提前知道。他的空城计能把最强的敌人都吓退。

He always knew in advance what the enemy was up to. His “empty city strategy” scared away the toughest enemies.

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5 — Empress Wu Zetian

624-705

武则天67岁那一年当了皇帝。很多人都不想要一位女皇帝。我想她是一位好人。她让中国的历史发生了很多变化。我还想,如果女的伟大,那女皇帝也是好的

Wu Zetian became empress at age 67. Many didn’t want a female empress. I think she’s a good person. She brought many changes in China’s history. If a woman is great, I think there’s nothing wrong with a female ruler.

6 — Zheng He

1371-1433

他是航海家。他出海会带两百艘船。他每次带过去好东西,带回来的是更好的东西。他给别国带去了好印象。

He was a navigator. He took 200 ships when he went out. Each time he took many good things with him and brought back even better things. He left a good impression with other countries.

7 — Mao Zedong

1893-1976

他有着坚强的意志和惊人的毅力。有一天他看到老师用井水洗澡,于是他也向老师学习,决定每天都用冷水洗澡。而且他还在河里游泳,即使是寒冷的冬天他也坚持这样做。在他老了以后他还坚持这个冬泳的习惯,所以我觉得他是一个又强壮又了不起的人。

He has strong will and shocking determination.

One day, he saw his teacher bathe with water from the well. He decided to learn from his teacher and take cold showers everyday. He also went swimming in the river, even in winter. He kept this habit even when he was old. So I think he is a very strong and extraordinary person.    

8 — Soong Ching Ling

1893-1981

她用全部的财产救助在战争中失去亲人的孤儿,并抚养他们长大,令我很敬佩。她是一个伟大的母亲,一个我最景仰的母亲。

She used all her wealth to raise orphans who lost their families in the war. I admire her.

She’s a great mother, the mother I admire most.

9 — Yang Liwei

1965-

这些特训甚至可以被称为“魔鬼训练”。其中有在五千米到一万米的高空练习抗低氧能力,或者是从这么高的地方直接掉向地面我想任何人都会尿裤子的。旋转木马大家都玩过吧,杨利伟玩的就是把木马去掉,然后把旋转的速度乘上好几百倍。

The special training could be called “the devil’s training.” One of the exercises is to practice survival in low oxygen environments at altitudes of 5000-10,000 meters; or, free fall from this high up…I think anyone would pee in their pants. We’ve all ridden the carousel. Yang Liwei played carousel by getting rid of the horse and spinning a few hundred times faster.

10 — Yao Ming

1980-

他投篮命中率是52.5%左右。今年,他捐了994万元人民币。姚明是中国的标志,也是中国篮球的骄傲。好了不起啊!

His field goal percentage is about 52.5%. This year he donated 9.94 RMB million to charity. Yao Ming represents China and is the pride of Chinese basketball. He’s amazing!

Cover image from enet.com.cn

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