Chinese phrases for admiration…

If you are looking to impress someone, here are a few old idioms.. some very old.. you might like to consider using….

 

沉鱼落雁
chényú-luòyàn     

DIVE – FISH – FALL- GOOSE : someone so beautiful they make fishes dive and geese fall out of the sky

The King of Han sent  a woman from his court to a rival state. On her way there, a goose, amazed at her beauty, fell out of the sky. Or so the story goes!

 

闭月羞花
bìyuè-xiūhuā

HIDE- MOON- SHAME- FLOWER    : the beauty of this person makes the moon hide and shames flowers

 

五光十色

wǔ guāng shí sè

FIVE-BRIGHT-TEN-COLOURS :   someone shiny and bright

from the Song Dynasty, poet Jiang Yan described a lady as like a pink lotus in a pool of water, her gestures like flying clouds falling off a cliff, and “five-bright-ten-colours” – shiny, gorgeous, extravagant!

 

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 The Four Beauties of Classical China