"Peach Blossom Utopia" received the Best Short Film Award at the 2006 Handsome Monkey Animation Awards in China. In the same year, at the DigiCon 6+2 Contest sponsored by Japan Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc., it received the First Place Golden Award.
This fisherman lives by the bank of Wuling River. Life has been hard for him. However, one day, a miracle happens.
The fisherman accidentally stumbles into a place that looks a lot like utopia, where he is welcomed and treated like an honorable guest.
The fisherman thinks he must be in heaven upon stumbling into new locale where the people entertain him with copious amounts of their best food and wine. Here, there is neither a government nor taxes looming over them and people treat one other with mutual love and respect.
The fisherman has to leave, but also wants to make sure that he can return to this wonderful place. What can he do?
Was the fisherman deceiving the others and/or himself? Did they find utopia in the end? Watch and find out.
The idiom "bu dong zhuang dong" is used to describe someone who pretends to know about something, but is, in fact, clueless. In this video, a man often "bu dong zhuang dong" in order to look smart. Unfortunately, he only adds to his embarrassment when he is found out.
Do you know whether ginger grows on the ground or in a tree? Unfortunately for the man in this video, neither does he.
This idiom literally means "to wield an axe in front of Lu Ban" and mocks someone who makes a fool of himself by showing off in front of an expert. It was coined by a Ming Dynasty scholar.
The idiom of "Bai Fa Bai Zhong" comes from a legend about an amazing archer in ancient China. See what he did to earn his place in the Chinese lexicon.
This story brings alive the Chinese idiom about contentment. It depicts how a small little bird that is not strikingly beautiful stays happy every day.
The first part of the story about China's Eight Taoist Immortals.
The second part of the story about China’s Eight Taoist Immortals.
This video explains the origin of the Chinese proverb "Ai Wu Ji Wu."
The story behind this idiom about deception comes from one of the most famous and fabled chapters in Chinese history, the much-dramatized rivalry between Xiang Yu and Liu Bang. After both generals helped to bring down the Qin Dynasty, Xiang Yu divided China into 18 kingdoms, taking vast, fertile territory for himself and giving Liu Bang remote, mountainous land.
The story continues with Liu Bang plotting to seize the strategically-important Guanzhong area with a clever tactic of deception dubbed "To Secretly Cross at Chencang." After defeating Xiang Yu, Liu Bang went on to found the Han Dynasty.
Learn the story behind the idiom, "A third party benefits from a tussle."
A grizzly tale of a mysterious series of murders in Qing-era Guangdong gives us a saying which means "an absence of justice." This video explains the origins of the phrase and breaks down its meaning character by character.
This Eastern Han-era story of a principled man who turned down a duke's invitation is the origin of an expression which means "to flatter and suck up to."
Never look down on someone who is not as good as you in some areas. Here's why.
Learn how the story of two impostors inspired the idiom, "To catch a turtle in a jar" (To go after easy prey).
Learn how a trusting shepherd inspired the idiom, "To usher the wolf into the house" (To ask for trouble).
The idiom, "Cheng ren zhi mei," is explained through a story. It essentially means that we should help others succeed rather than pointing out their faults.
The antagonist of the story, Wan Renxian, still hasn't learned to "Cheng ren zhi mei," laughing at his neighbor when he injures himself. However, when he is given another golden opportunity to do a good deed, the question becomes, will he finally take it?