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John Key meets Chinese premier Wen Jiabao | Stuff.co.nz

John Key meets Chinese premier Wen Jiabao | Stuff.co.nz | My Topic Chinese Learning | Scoop.it
The thorny issue of rivalry in the South China Sea - one of Asia biggest security risks - was raised in formal talks between Prime Minister John Key and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
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“东西”为啥不称“南北”

我们往往把一切物体统称为“东西”。但为什么称“东西”,而不称“南北”呢? 原来中国古代把木、火、金、水、土称为“五行”(分别代表东、西、南、北、中五个方位),把甲、乙、丙、丁、戊、己、庚、辛、壬、癸称为“天 干”,又把“五行”、“天干”对应起来,组成“五方”,即东方甲乙木、南方丙丁火、西方庚辛金、北京壬癸水、中方戊己土。从上面可以看出,东方属木,代表 一切植物,如花草、树木、蔬菜、庄稼等;西方属金,代表一切金属矿物,如金、银、铜、铁、锡等;南方属火,火是一种化学现象;北方属水,中方属土,由于 水、土和火是最常见的物质或现象,以致被古人忽视。而木(植物)和金(金属矿物)最受人们的重视,可以代表一切有用物质。于是,人们就把代表“木”和 “金”的两个方向联在一起,组成一个词——“东西”,用它代表世界上的所有物体。

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