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Posted on 10/18/2015


Photo taken on April 12, 2015



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中华人民共和国
广东
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People's Republic of
大良
Daliang
清晖园
清暉園
Qing Hui Yuan
廣東
中華人民共和國
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garden
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manor
China
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Chinese-language text book

Chinese-language text book
Since the Qing Hui Yuan manor house and garden was built by a very well-educated high official, it's not surprising that education was a very important part of the household. There is a purpose-built school hall in the manor house, where these old Chinese-language text books are on display.

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清暉園, or Qing Hui Yuan in Mandarin/ Putonghua Chinese, means Garden of Pure Splendour. It was built or expanded in the early 1600s by an intellect who had passed the admission examination to gain a position in the high office of the government. Back then, only very few people were educated and smart enough to pass the examination.

After becoming the high official, the gentleman had this manor built to become his residence.

It has long been known as the Four Most Beautiful Manor Houses in all of Southern China, and one of the Ten Most Important in all of China.

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Esther
Esther
Wonderful display and history.
23 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Esther
Thank you for your visit and comment, Esther : )
23 months ago.
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific
The title of the text is: The Thousand-Word Essay. I only learnt of its historical significance now, from Wikipedia Chinese and Wikipedia English.

Apparently, the essay consists of exactly 1,000 Chinese characters, never repeating the same character twice. The essay mentions astrology, astronomy, economics, history, agriculture, mythology, common sense, nature, sociology, philosophy etc.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Character_Classic

web.mit.edu/shou/Public/esp/thousand_word_classic_12pt_wi...

Its beginning sentences read:

Sky is dark [at night], land is yellow [sandy soil]
Universe is very empty
Sun rises and falls, moon goes full and hidden
Stars are arranged by nature
Heat goes, cold arrives
Autumn starts: one harvests (the produce), winter starts: one preserves [the food staple]...
23 months ago.