Chinese Culture

Chinese Idioms: Bright With Colors (五光十色)

In his rhapsody, Jiang described the lady as “a red lotus in a pool of still water … she is bright with colors, beautiful and brilliant.” (Flora Chung/Epoch Times)
In his rhapsody, Jiang described the lady as “a red lotus in a pool of still water … she is bright with colors, beautiful and brilliant.” (Flora Chung/Epoch Times)

Jiang Yan was a poet from the Southern Dynasty (A.D. 420–581). He was recognized as a master of “fu” and was an important literary figure...




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