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1. Instead of harassing the monks, the tigersvoluntarily stood guard at the gate of the temple. As a reward for it, themonks would place some edibles in front of the gate for the tigers to eat.Towards evening, when the setting sun had dyed half of the sky red, the tigerswould come up to the gate in groups to eat their fill and then left slippingand jumping. The monks usually left the gate wide open while peacefully engagedin their daily routine of chanting Buddhist scripture inside the temple.Normally none of their came out to watch the tigers eat. Sometimes, however,one or two monks did appear standing at the gate, but the tigers would remainunalarmed and, taking the monks for their friends, did nothing to harm them.They just kept on eating unhurriedly until they finished and left. Sometimes,when they found，monks at the gate, they would whisk away likethe wind after uttering several thunderous roars.
2. In the following year, a formal peace pact wassigned. About a month later, Cixi left Xi’an at last. She was utterly fearfulof foreigners just as she was extremely arro-gant toward her own countrymen.She stopped far a long time in Henan and halted in Baoding for quite a few daysbefore finally arriving in Beijing. According to unofficial accounts，an amusingepisode took place during this long and drawn out journey. When a localofficial offered a monkey to her as a gift，she was sopleased that she ordered a yellow mandarin jacket to be conferred upon themonkey．later, a eunuch heard some officials complainingthat people were considered less worthy than a monkey and went to inform Cixi，who realized that her order had been indeed a little too whimsical.So she issued another edict granting each of the escorting officials a yellowmandarin jacket. Upon the receipt of such an unusual favor the officials didnot know whether they should thank Cixi or rather the monkey for it.
3. The Chinese government’s policy towards HongKong is “one country, two sys-terms”. This principle is not only conductive tothe economic development in Hong Kong but also in accord with China's owninterests. We have no intention to make the Hong Kong government unable toperform its normal functions during the transition period. On the contrary, wehope that it will effectively administer Hong Kong's affair. The best guaranteeis the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the memorandum of understand-ing onthe construction of the new airport. As for the years after 1997，theNational People's Congress has passed the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SpecialAdministrative Region. That basic law is the most powerful guarantee.
4. While I had not completely recovered from myfright and was still at a loss what to say or do, the man had already walkedslowly away with the old and the young. I blankly watched them disappearing,deeply touched by the scene of the three receding figures. I was so excitedthat I wanted very much to put aside my bike and go over to help．ButI didn't．For I know the little boy and the elderly manare like the two loads of a carrying pole weighing down on the shoulder of thatmiddle-aged gentleman. No matter how heavy the burdens may be, neither of themwill be put down.
5. Nevertheless, scholars and historicalcommentators in each dynasty often singled out a few occurrences which theyconsidered to be chiefly responsible for the collapse of the old regime.Sometimes they went so far as to announce that except for a certain in-cident，thedynastic change would never have occurred. Thus, quite a few Qing schol-arsattributed the fall of the Ming dynasty to Emperor Chongzhen's execution of hisablest general，Yuan Chonghuan. On the other hand,popular writers often blamed the Manchu occupation of China on a beautifulwoman named Chen Yuanyuan-a mere singing girl bought for a thousand taels ofsilver to become the concubine of Wu Sangui，garrisoncommander of the strategic Shanhai Pass.
6. In extended families, older member's opinionwas respected, and the youngest members are loved and taken good cane of byall. China's constitution stipulates that grown-up children are duty-bound tosupport their parents. In the cities, couples who do not live with their agedparents give the latter living allowances and help them with the house chores.In the countryside, though quite a number of extended families have dissolved,many marred sons and their families continue to live in the same courtyard withtheir parents. To them, breaking up the extended family means cooking theirmeals separately. Married sons most often have their houses built near theirparents’
Home, making it convenient for parents andchildren to help and visit each other as be-fore．
7. No task seems too large for the people ofChina. They are building their future on a scale that matches the needs fortheir people, who could fault this effort if they truly understood what ittakes to provide for the people of China. In the history of everyin-dustrialized nation, there has been a great period of buildinginfrastructure for the bene-fit of its people. China is in this period now andthe task is much greater than the ones that any other country has ever faced.There should be no question that the Chinese people have the ability tosuccessfully complete the Three Gorges Project.
8. We consume our eggs sparingly. My wife has togo to a lot more trouble when a hen is sitting. As the brooding hen will flyout of its roost to seek food once every other day, she has to get the feedready for it beforehand．And she has to be careful not to let the henheave its droppings in the roost for fear that it should cause the eggs to rot.She puts all the eggs that a hen is sitting on in lukewarm salty water to testthem. Those that float are rotten and must be thrown away; those that sink arekept for the hen to continue brood. She will thus busy herself with all thatfor as long as three weeks un-til the chirring sound comes out of the eggs．Then she will be left in a state of great ex-citement for two orthree day.
9. We must revive and carry forward the practiceof seeking truth from facts, the fine tradition and style which Chairman Maofostered in our Party. The minimum require-ment for a Communist is to be anhonest person, honest in word and honest in deed. Deed and word must match andtheory and practice must be closely integrated. We must reject flashinesswithout substance and every sort of boasting. There must be less empty talk andmore hard work. We must be steadfast and dedicated.
We must revive and carry forward thepractice of criticism and self-criticism, the fine tradition and style whichChairman Mao fostered in our Party. Within the Party and within the ranks ofthe people，we should conscientiously apply the principle. “Say allyou know and say it without reserve” and “Blame not the speaker but be warnedby his words”，as well as the principle ofunity-criticism—unity.
10. Talking of my childhood, I’m forever gratefulto my good parents. To them I owe my habit of living a quiet and simple lifeand my “back to nature” propensity. They gave me a happy and clean environmentso that I am now able to feel content under any circumstances．Ihave a deep respect and love for life. I have no grievances against humanity. Ithink many human failings can be remedied so long as people strive with firmdetermination．
Not only do I always remember my parentswith gratitude, I also always bear in mind how we should behave ourselves asparents．
11. I couldn't read his countenance withoutseeing his face．However, judging from what he had said, hewas evidently living in a world of his own-bereft of home, love or warmth, andflogged by the scourge of life. But he acted unyieldingly and was filled withbitter hatred. He was using both hands to bear the burden of life. He was neverscared or discouraged. He could achieve what children from well-to-do familiescould “achieve, and he had ideas that they didn't dare to have．
Life is a melting pot which hardens the willof children like him so that they are able to withstand the bitterest blows oflife ever.
12. To begin with, she is the incarnation of thelegendary king of ancient Sichuan named Wang Di．She has come to beknown sometimes as a beauty with misfortune and sometimes as a patriotconcerned over the fate of the nation. Her call is full of longings for home;she loiters about the mountains crying and spitting up blood．She is pathetic， sad, pure and sincere…Sheis in the eyes of all a symbol of love, which seems to have become a nationalfeeling. And this feeling has gone beyond the national boundary to affect mostof the eastern countries. Nevertheless, all that is a typical instance of un-deserved reputation.
13. All things under heaven and earth are made upof different parts, but the slogan "women are as good as men" makesdemands on women without making a correspond-ing demand on men to be “just asgood as women”：to raise children just as patiently, to do householdchores just as uncomplainingly, to care for the old just as dutifully. Come tothink of it, the slogan "women are as good as men” has spurred women on toachievements to challenge men’s. But at the same time，womenmust still do what men do not stoop to. The fact is, “women are as good as men”means that women after doing what women do, must take up another burden. Let'sface it, basically women are not as the same as men．
14. After making perennial efforts to measure myexact height, I reached the inescap-able conclusion that I was permanentlyhandicapped. Back in those days, I was a cal-low young chap vastly capable ofdaring and foolhardiness, and determined to wrestle with this prejudice againstmen's lack of height. So by hook or by crook, I married a girl who was 1.74meters in height. Such an astonishing tour de force thus achieved greatlybolstered the morale and esteem of those of us who were "handicapped"．
But only after the girl was enticed intomatrimony did I begin to feel my self-in-flicted anguish. This over-reaction ofmine not only failed to put an end to my "perma-nent handicap"，butalso gave me lifetime regret. I was deprived of the earthy pleasure of wallingwith my wife in the street with my strong art around her delicate neck.
15. The boy watched her at her side silently, asif he was expecting something. His old clothes, though wet with sweat, werestill clean. On the right shoulder was a square-shaped patch, which reminded meof the life 30 years ago. Meek and mild, the boy was waiting quietly. Yet thecorpulent woman turned her fat head to look around, totally ignoring him. Indespair, the boy went away sullenly. Staring at his skinny figure recedingunsteadily n the wind, I was suddenly stricken by a surge of bitterness andpain.
16. She is always likely to know prosperitycomfort, and security. She will grow up and lead her whole life in a proud andsuccessful nation that is respected by the entire world and which is attemptingto be a friend and partner to all nations. Since this is all she will everknow—it will all seem very, very ordinary to her. There is somethingextraordinarily beautiful about that is there not? When the extraordinarybecomes the ordinary—that is the final stage of all progress and success—right?
17. Starting at Shanhai Pass in the east andending up at Jiayu Pass in the west, the Great Wall traverses up and down overnumerous mountains and valleys in five of China’s northern provinces and twoautonomous regions. As it extends over a distance of more than 6000 kms, it iscalled in Chinese the Wanmlichangcheng which means “Ten Thousand Li Long Wall”.It is a symbol of intelligence of the working people of old days, and also oneof the great architectural miracles in the world.
Construction of the wall first began in the 7thcentury B.C. after Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty(221—206BC) achieved the unification of China in 221 B.C... He had thefortification walls of the three kingdoms Qin, Zhao and Yan linked up to be acontinuous wall extending more than ten thousand li (a li = 1/2 kms), whichformed the essential size of the present-day Great Wall. Since then the laterdynasties continued to repair and build the wall. The great wall as it standstoday was restored and reinforced during the Ming Dynasty.
The great Wall winds like a giant serpentalong the lofty myriad mountains. It is one of the most famous attractions tovisitors.
18. First, a decision was made to deepen thereform and strengthen macro control of the national economy. This was done soas to solve conspicuous contradictions and problems which have surfaced ineconomic development, mainly through economic means. Now the initialachievements have been made in implementing the decision. Second, systematicand comprehensive research has been done on how to accelerate the building of asocialist market economy. These have centered on reforms in banking, finance,taxation, and management of State assets, the investment system and foreigntrade system．Important reforms in these sectors will be implemented inthe near future．Third, the anti-corruption drive hasbeen launched so as to foster an honest style of work.
19. The leaves were shooting high above the waterlike the skirts of slim dancing girls. They were dotted in between the layerswith white flowers, some blooming gracefully; others, as if bashfully, still inbud. They were like bright pearls and stars in an azure sky. Their subtlefragrance was wafted by the passing breeze, in whiffs airy as the notes of asong coming faintly from some distant tower. There was a tremor on leaf andflow-er, which, with the suddenness of lightening, some drifted to the far endof the pond. The leaves, jostling and overlapping, produced，asit were, a wave of deep green. Un-der the leaves, softly hidden from view,water was rippling even its color was not dis-cernible so that the leaveslooked more enchanting.
20. The vermillion button on its cap wasdazzling, the blue satin cap itself was dazzling, the giant pearl on the brimof the cap was dazzling, the long gown of light blue satin embroidered withintertwined dragons and lined with squirrel fur was dazzling, the cream-coloredsatin sleeveless jacket was dazzling, the lilac cummerbund was dazzling. andits officials boots with their painted white soles were dazzling, too. Onlyafter everyone crowded around this rainbow, offered it their greetings andenquired its health, could it be observed that its handsome，clean-cutround white face and its coal-black eyes full of mirth were also dazzling. Onecouldn't make out what this rainbow was saying even though its voice was veryclear. Since it was constantly interrupting its. speech with a"hahaha" or an" ahahah"，one could seethat its snow-white teeth were dazzling too.
21. Since the change takes place by slowdegrees-year by year, month by month, day by day, hour by hour, minute byminute, second by second, you feel as if you were permanently your same oldself always seeing much fun and meaning in life, like one, walking a long, longway down an extremely gentle mountain slope, hardly per-ceives its degree ofincline or notices the altered scenes as he moves along. You thus take a positiveview of life and find it endurable. Suppose a kid suddenly became a young manovernight, or a young man suddenly became an old man in a matter of hours fromdawn till dusk, you would definitely feel astonished, emotionally stirred andsad, or lose any interest in life due to its transience. Hence it is evidentthat life is sustained by “gradualness”．
22. The woman was very good at commending: herorders were all couched in soft-toned imperative sentences. However, it simplywasn't right, I thought, for her to ask her husband to do everything. But tothese orders of hers, he never said a word of “No”, nor did he reveal any signof impatience. On the contrary, his response showed that he was as meek as alamb, seeming to regard it as a great pleasure to busy his head of for hisslave master. Therefore，I came to the conclusion that his wife mustbe a great beauty, for beautiful women without exception. stuck up, imaginingthem-selves noble princesses.
23. Zhu Yuanzhang, the Emperor Taizu of Ming, wasa man of the most humble origin，with nothing but his natural ability athis disposal. His parents were poor peasants. Forced to leave their homelandbecause of famine, they sold their son into a Buddhist monastery to save bothhis life and their own. After a few years as a novice monk, Zhu ran away andbecame a bandit．This was a logical step for him totake, considering the great confusion of the age, with revolts breaking outeverywhere. Some years later, he ascended the throne in Nanjing and proclaimedthe founding of the Ming dynasty, which was to last nearly three hundred yeas.
24. The rapidly increasing population presents agreat challenge to the country's social And economic development, theutilization of resources and environmental protection, and delays theimprovement of living standards and the quality of the people. In order toguarantee its people’s minimum living conditions and enable citizens to becomebetter of, the only correct choice that China can make is to strive foreconomic growth and adjust its population growth to the country's social andeconomic development．In view of the present situation, the Chinesegovernment has formulated a population of controlling the size and raising thequality of the population and a family planning policy of late marriage andchildbirth, having fewer but healthier babies, and one child per family.Shorthanded rural families with financial difficulties may have a second childafter an interval of 3 or more years.
25. Human beings are extremely interested in thestudy of ants. The more we study them, the more they seem to be like ourselves.Our dictionary tells us that the ant is a social insect. That means that antslive in societies in which they depend on one another. The societies are notall exactly the same. There are differences because there are ants of very manykinds-more than 15,000 kinds，in fact. But in general, each kind hasants of three main types: queens, males and workers.
26. Because of their earnest and down-to-earthapproach to work, westerners are, in the eyes of Chinese smarties, next door toidiotic, They are being laughed at by Chinese smarties for the tremendousamount of energy they put into their activities．While westerners goabout whatever work they do methodically and patiently，neverdreaming of reaching great heights in one step, we Chinese are always given toseeking a shortcut and regard the ability to boast as the master key to it.
Boasting is an essential art of life just ashyperbole is an indispensable rhetorical figure．The Tang poet LiBai’s famous lines “The Yellow River comes from the sky” and “My white hair ofthirty thousand feet”，examples of hyperbole，which, to those who know little about the art of rhetoric，may sound like a gross exaggeration of the part of the poet．
27. Young couples streamed into the North ChinaCar Emporium last week, when work and school were off for National Day and theMid-autumn Festival. The eager customers were lured in by the greater varietyof low-and-mid-price models on the market and also, just now, by the easy loansthat are being offered. Urban planners may fret about traffic and pollution.But judging from the pent-up dreams expressed at this huge car lot in southernBeijing, private car ownership is an unstopped wave, bringing vast changes insocial attitudes and habits along with challenges to the environment.
28. The mountains along the riverbanks，envelopedin a thin mist, appeared quite different from what we had been accustomed tosee. The moon was hanging leisurely high up in the sky. A wide sandy beach laystretching all the way from the riverside to where I lived, showing a vastexpanse of whit in the moonlight, with slight undertones of green. Suddenly thesweet fragrance of tuberoses wafted up from somewhere. It might be the sweetfragrance of moon, I thought. I stood lost in reverie. It was not until fifteenminutes later that，tuning round to，my own shadow on the wall, I finally returned to my old self.
Of course it will bring me great pleasure to，thesame brilliant moonlight a few more times even though I've said, “It doesn'tmatter at all if you see no moon.”
29. A man may have traveled all over the world,but what often emerge in his dreams are not the famous mountains he has climbednor the oceans he has crossed, but the narrow, winding lanes he used to passthrough or the marshes where he used to catch frogs as a child．Memoriesof one's early days are invariably tinged with a peculiar color. Evenremembered pain is quite different to actual, present pain. It is likecaressing one's scar；the physical pain is gone, and onerather feels a little proud of the smooth and shiny blotch.
30. From then on, I always played the fugitivewhile the dog the pursuer. He would bark furiously at the sight of me. And themore scared I was, the fiercer he became. I developed a canine phobia．As Iwas growing up, one day it suddenly dawned on me somehow that it was shamefulto be afraid of a dog. Hence instead of shying away in fear, I stoodconfronting him. I stood firm and so did he．He barkedangrily with his mouth wide open as if he were about to run at me. But,nevertheless, he never moved a single step towards me.
31. As a sophomore, I was taught History ofWestern Philosophy by Professor He Lin. He did not frown at my one-hundred-pagelong book report in English, but rather praised me in class. It was under hisguidance that I read a great deal of ancient Greek philosophers in Englishtranslation, the delight from which was just like that of discovering a newplanet. I．also taught Italian Renaissance Art by Professor Winterin the Gongzi Courtyard. In his lectures, he passed around many paintingalbums, and humorously but rigorously offered his critical evaluations．
32. At the moment there suddenly appeared beforemy eyes a vision of green. One year, in winter, I had returned to my hometown,traveling by car on a highway to the southern border of our country. The smallcar wound its way over hill and dale, both sides of the read thickly woodedwith towering green foliage：pines，cypressesand emerald bamboo ．And there were many other treeswhose names I did not know. The varied green of the trees were set off by aluxuriant carpet of scented lawn. I was cocooned in “green”. From delightedsurprise I entered a state of pleasant calm．I wasquietly, happily intoxicated in the midst of this all-encompassing green.
33. Out of sheer boredom I would pick up abook-science or literature, it was all the Same to me--and read on and on tillit suddenly dawned on me that I had turned a dozen pages without taking in aword. My sense of hearing, however, was so acute that I seemed able to hear allthe footsteps outside the gate, including those of Zijun, graduallyapproaching-but all too often they faded away again to be lost at last in themedley of other footfalls. I hated the steward’s son who wore cloth-soled shoeswhich sounded quite different from those of Zijun. I hated the little wretchnext door who used face-cream, often wore new leather shoes, and whose stepssounded all too like those of Zijun.
34. He appeared lost in thought, his faceinscrutable．He was even，inscrutable than hisfacial expression. He had a hand in every good or bad event that went on in theteam．As an excellent driver，hissafety record had reached a million kilometers．But atthe same time he was a troublemaker，the head of othertroublemakers．He had staged this farce to make a foolof Xie Jing，a lucky bird of the time and an ace of theyouth in the factory．But he took no pleasure in seeingXie Jing’s desperation．Indeed，thewhole performance got on his nerves，striking him asfutile and contemptible．
35. The station clock has struck ten, and thepeople of Almond Blossom Lane, old and young, are taking the air along thebanks of a pond which, although it is the source of evil exhalations drawn upby the summer sun in the daytime, provides late at night an open space whereone may catch the fresh, cool breezes. Despite a sharp downpour a moment ago,it is still unbearably hot and close．It is the sort of weatherthat makes people feel parched inside and thirsting for another thunderstorm.Yet the frogs that crouch among the reeds by the pond are as untiringlystrident as ever. The sound of the strollers’ voices comes in desultorysnatches. From time to time a silent flash of lightening splashes the starlesssky with a harsh blue glare and for one startled moment shows up the weepingwillows by the pond, drooping and tumbling over the water. Then, just assuddenly, it is dark again.
36. The sky looked much broader there, and itseemed that night fell later. From the reflection in the water, we felt it onlydusk, which is what the Qinhuai River nights looks like…Now, with broad openspace in front of us, we suddenly felt very light-heated, and the gentle breezestroking our cheeks, hands and clothes brought about a sense of refreshment.The sunlight must be milder in Nanjing than in Hangiliou. A summer night on theWest Lake remains very hot, and the water seems so boiled, but the water of theQinhuai is always cool and green. Despite the flickering shapes of people andsnatches of song, the water of the Qinhuai looks as calm and coolly green as ifit were covered with a thin, green veil.
37. I prefer our teacher to make public thecomposition subject several days before the class meet. I prefer lyrical,descriptive and narrative subjects to argumentative ones because beingenthusiastic, young people are fond of lyrical and descriptive writings andalso eager to write about their own emotions and aspirations. Only by giving atrue account of our feelings，thoughts and life, can we produce goodwritings. Forcing stu-dents to do hollow theorizing in composition will notonly fail to improve their writing ability but also subject them, so to speak,to an ordeal of invisible mental abuse.
38. He had already turned thirty and had had morethan three girl-friends. But it was strange they left him one after another.Not long ago, Mrs. Wang introduced him to another girl, called Rongrong. Shewas pretty and fair, with long and crescent eyebrows and clear and bright eyes.The moment he saw her, he tried to impress her, bragging about everything underthe sun, and holding forth on and on, the girl reciprocated with only a faintsmile. Finding that the girl did not respond warmly, he was a little perplexed,not knowing what the girl thought of him.
39. Some feminist researchers think that women'sliberation movement in China is still operating within the framework of themale culture because froth the very beginning it was directed by men, who setthe male sex as a model for women to follow. They argue that the time has comefor Chinese women to define their own roles in society and strive for a societyin which they can choose to work outside home or to stay at home, in which theycan have more time to develop their own interests and improve communityconditions.
41. I put out the light. Outside the window, a fewcold stars shimmered in the blue-black sky. No one should be knocking at mydoor at this time of the night, I thought. And even suppose someone really weredoing so, it must surely be an ignorant good-for-nothing—waking people up likethis yet giving no reply.
Yet these musings were cut short again—thistime, the sound from outside my door was a rumbling, like the sound of thunder.Naturally, it couldn’t be the thunderous din of mosquitoes. Certainly, therewere mosquitoes around, but they were all hidden in dark corners, long sincehaving lost any impetus to make such a sound. I knew too that it wasn’t realthunder, for it was still too early for that just then. I turned over under myquilt, pressing my left ear firmly to the pillow, suspecting that this rumblingwas nothing more than a ringing in my ears.
42. The national bourgeoisie is entirely andeternally counter-revolutionary. Not an inch must be conceding to the richpeasants. The yellow trade unions must be fought tooth and nail. If we shakehands with Tsai Ting-kai, we must call him a counter-revolutionary at the samemoment. Was there ever a cat that did not love fish or a warlord who was not acounter-revolutionary? Intellectuals are three-day revolutionaries whom it isdangerous to recruit. It follows therefore that closed-doorism is the solewonder-working magic, while the united front is an opportunist tactic.
43. As expected, the sun soon appeared revealinghalf of its face, which was very red but not bright. It kept rising laboriouslybit by bit as if weighted down with a heavy burden on its back until, afterbreaking through the rosy clouds，it completely emerged fromthe sea aglow with a lovely red. Then, before I knew it, the dark red orb beganto shine blazingly, dazzling my eyes until they stung and all of a suddenlighting up the surrounding clouds.
44. It wasn't Ma Bong's fault-it wasn't as ifhe'd been disloyal or irresponsible abut meeting the request, or that he hadlacked the ability to win her hand, or that he'd never really been attracted toher, or any such thing. In those days, all the young men in the brigade wouldhave been prepared to fight to the death for a woman like Yang Yang, if thepolicy had permitted to do so.
The problem was Yang Yang herself. After NiuBen revealed the truth behind the incident, Yang Yang vanished without a trace.More precisely, Yang Yang disappeared two months after the disappearance of FuZhenglian, at the end of the dayon which he "showed his face" again.Other girls in the dormitory recalled that Yang Yang had got up around midnightto use the outhouse, and never returned.
45. I remind myself that a woman of forty shoulddress down and wear light make-up; that she should not let an unrestrainedguffaw ruffle the wrinkles in her face, and force the sight on others. Towardthe young, she should display tolerance to blunt the edge of their challenge;to the old, she must exercise restraint to save their sensitive ego firm beinghurt. It is inappropriate for her to bustle about, spread rumors, or act asgo-be-tween or get very enthusiastic or very busy over anything. On the otherhand, she should not droop in self-pity and sigh at the sight of her ownshadow, either. Perhaps what she should do is to enrich herself by thinking,reading and writing, and to work in a down-to-earth manner with persistence andan eye for detail.
46. My face and ears blush scarlet instantly, andcouldn't tell what has happened. I know from novels and films that a kiss onthe hand is merely a conventional politeness, but it feels as if I have donesomething shameful, and I dare not look him in the eye. Flustered, I hurry outand stand outside in the odd air, looking back at the cream-colored building,looking out at the snow swirling on the broad streets, at the stream of trafficand the snow-covered pines. And by my side I sense countless pairs of flashingeyes, each and every on forget-me-not blue.
47. I remember fondly the sounds of mybirthplace-the sounds of thunder and of rain. Those mighty crashes rumbled andreverberated from mountain valley to mountain valley, as if the new shoots ofspring were shaking in the frozen ground, awakening, and bursting forth with aterrifying vigor. Threads of rain, soft as fine grass would then caress themwith a tender hand, so that clumps of glossy green leaves would sprout forthand red flowers burst open. These fond recollections lingered with me like akind of homesickness, leaving me dejected. Within my heart, the climate seemedas parched of rain as this leaden sky, for a long time not a single tear oftenderness had fallen from my arid eyes.
48. Tourism, a fast developing economic sector overthe last two decades in all parts of the world, is now receiving increasingattention among the Chinese public．Many people have written tothe press making suggestions for the promotion of tourism in China. It isbelieved that the development of tourism will help promote mutual understandingand friendship between the people of China and other countries, and facilitateex-changes in the field of culture, science and technology. Moreover, it willhelp accumu-late funds for China's great cause. Furthermore, the experience ofother countries shows that tourism directly and indirectly helps promote thegrowth of，economic sectors such as communications,commerce, service trades, light industry, arts and crafts industry and urbanconstruction.
49. Several years later when I moved to thewestern suburbs, I kept my habit of rising at four to begin work at the window.The glittering spire atop the tower of the Beijing Exhibition Center, which Icould see in the daytime through my window, would no longer be visible now inthe early morning haze．Nevertheless I knew that, though invisible，it remained there intact, towering to the skies to inspire peoplewith hope and the urge for moving ahead. At this, I would be beside myself withjoy and feel as if my heart were also flying high up into the skies.
Ten years later, I moved again. In the newhome of mine, I had no silk trees, nor could I get of limpid blue in front ofmy door. In the first few years after I moved there, lotus flowers continued toblossom on the surface of the pond. In the summertime, when day broke early atfour, a vast stretch of lotus leaves looking skywards outside my window camedimly into sight while the quiet fragrance of the lotus flowers assailed mynose. All that delighted me even more than the silk trees and the flitteringspire.
50. Locust trees in the North, as a decorativeembellishment of nature, also associate us with autumn. On getting up early inthe morning, you will find the ground strewn all over with flower-like pistilsfallen from locust trees. Quiet and smelless, they feel tiny and softunderfoot. After a street cleaner has done the sweeping under the shade of thetrees, you will discover countless lines left by his broom in the dust, whichlook so fine and quiet that somehow a feeling of forlornness will begin tocreep up on you. The same depth of implication is found in the ancient sayingthat a single fallen leaf from the wu-tong tree is more than enough to informthe world of autumn’s presence.