The many proverbs and idioms in the Chinese language give it much of its color and richness. Drawn from a wealth of sources, from historical anecdotes and legends to moral stories, these ancient sayings offer a fascinating insight into the Chinese culture. This book collects several old favorites and some of the most widely used expressions. Using illustrations and explanations of the metaphors and history behind them, their origins and meanings are presented in an easy-to-understand format. It is an entertaining read for anyone interested in the idiosyncrasies of the Chinese language.