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Chinese Fables
Tigers are not indigenous to Taiwan, though they are in China, only 100 miles across the sea. Chinese immigrants in Taiwan before it was colonized by the Dutch in the seventeenth century knew what the tiger was, but their offspring born on the island knew nothing about the big tiger.
 
"I will have a small stream created at once," Zhou the Millionaire said, unwittingly falling into a clever snare the avenging geomancer had sprung.
 
The time came for Zhou the Millionaire (周百萬) and his family to move in their Katsura Flower Mansion.
 
Zhou the Millionaire (周百萬) continued to expand his export-import business after his son, Jinlong ( 金隆) or Gold-Prosperity, was born to carry on his family line.
 
Zhou the Millionaire (周百萬) had to acknowledged he had asked one of his tenant farmers to catch the giant lamprey in the Xintian Stream and paid him four taels of silver in advance.
 
On an autumn day, Zhou the Millionaire made a round of visits to his tenant farmers along the Xintian Stream, which is a tributary of the Tamsui River flowing past Taipei.
 
Zhou Tingbu (周廷部) made a full inventory of the victuals as he was told. Hasting to finish his late supper, the henpecked husband had to obey his clever wife's order to keep count of and shelve the grocery he had brought back to his store at Guting from Banka.
 
Taipei Metro has a station called Guting (古亭), where passengers can change subway trains to go to Nanshijiao (南勢角). It means Old Pavilion, but the place used to be called Koting in Hoklo and Guting in Mandarin (鼓亭).
 
The King of Ducks went to the party at Kouweizhuang near Chiayi with a large bodyguard escort on July 17. He and his bodyguards, however, relaxed after they saw a feast befitting the emperor under preparation.
 
When the Grand Marshal's army reached Tainan, all prefectural government officials had fled. It was an open city, where people welcomed the ragtag army, which, however, was well disciplined.
 
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