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Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour

China yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour Vertical Wall Scroll

Nothing could be more true. When I was in the Marine Corps, we trained for years for combat that often lasts only hours.

This Chinese proverb also reminds me of a common phrase used in the military to describe combat: "Weeks of total boredom, punctuated with five minutes of shear terror."

This may have some roots in Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Though I can not find this passage in his writings.

On the subject of the Art of War, if you have a favorite passage, we can create a custom calligraphy scroll with that phrase.


(phonetic version)
China yī sī lán jiào
Islam Vertical Wall Scroll

This both means and sounds like "Islam" in Mandarin Chinese.

The first three characters sound like the word "Islam," and the last character means "religion" or "teaching." It's the most general term for "Islam" in China. The highest concentration of Muslims in China is Xinjiang (the vast region in northwest China that was called The East Turkistan Republic until 1949 and is sometimes called Chinese Turkistan, Uyghuristan). Here you will find Uygurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz and others that are descendants of Turkmen (possibly mixed with Persians and Arabs). Many of their ancestors were traders who traveled the silk road to buy and sell spices, silk, and exchange other goods from the Orient and the Middle East.

I spent some time in Xinjiang and got to know this community. They are strong people who can endure much. They are friendly and love to have a good time. I was a stranger but treated by villagers (near China's border with Afghanistan) as if I was a good friend.
However, I have heard that it's best not to cross them, as in this land, the law is the blade, and everything is "eye for an eye." The Chinese government has little control in Xinjiang with almost no police officers except in the capital of Urumqi (so it's a 60-hour roundtrip train ride to seek the aid of law enforcement in most cases).

While few seem to be devout, there are at least small mosques in every village. And you will never see a man or woman outside without a head covering.

It should be noted that these people are all citizens of China, but they are officially of the Caucasian race. A visit to Xinjiang will change your idea what it means to be Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ ke4
Taiwan k`o / ko
Japanese kiza / きざ
Chinese quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals
Japanese scratch
Cut, carve, engrave; oppress; a quarter of an hour, instant; to carve

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese mae / まえ    zen / ぜん
Chinese front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
Japanese (n-adv,n-t,suf) (1) (See 前・ぜん・3) ago; before (some event); previously; (minutes) to (the hour); (2) in front (of); before (e.g. the house); (3) head (of a line); front (e.g. of a bus); fore part; (4) in the presence of; (5) (See 人前・にんまえ) helping; portion; (6) privates; private parts; (prefix noun) (1) the last (i.e. immediately preceding) (e.g. "the last mayor"); previous; one-time; former; (2) (before the name of an era) pre- (e.g. "premodern"); (adj-no,n) (3) (See 前・まえ・1) before; earlier; (personal name) Misaki; (surname) Maehama; (surname) Maezaki; (surname) Maesaki; (surname) Mae; (surname) Zen; (surname) Sen; (surname) Susume; (surname) Susumu; (surname, given name) Saki

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Mandarin duó // dù / duo2 // du4
Taiwan to // tu
Japanese do / ど    tabi(p);tanbi / たび(P);たんび
Chinese to estimate; Taiwan pr. [duo4]; to pass; to spend (time); measure; limit; extent; degree of intensity; degree (angles, temperature etc); kilowatt-hour; classifier for events and occurrences
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) degree (angle, temperature, scale, etc.); (counter) (2) counter for occurrences; (n,n-suf) (3) strength (of glasses); glasses prescription; (4) alcohol content (percentage); alcohol by volume; (5) (See 度を過ごす) extent; degree; limit; (6) (See 度を失う) presence of mind; composure; (n,n-suf,ctr) time (three times, each time, etc.); times; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Watari; (given name) Tokou; (surname) Tabi; (surname) Taku

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Mandarin xū // qu / xu1 // qu5
Taiwan hsü // ch`ü / hsü // chü
Japanese inu / いぬ
Chinese 11th earthly branch: 7-9 p.m., 9th solar month (8th October-6th November), year of the Dog; ancient Chinese compass point: 300°; see 屈戌兒|屈戌儿[qu1 qu5 er5]
Japanese eleventh sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Dog, 7pm-9pm, west-northwest, September); (given name) Mamoru; (place-name) Inu
The hour from 7-9 p. m.; translit. śū, śu; 7-9 p.m.

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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Japanese doki / どき    ji / じ
Chinese surname Shi
Japanese (suffix noun) (See 食事時) time for -; time of -; - time; (suitable) time to -; (suffix) (1) hour; o'clock; (suf,adj-no) (2) (See 緊急時) (specified) time; when ...; during ...; (surname) Tozaki; (personal name) Tokimune; (personal name) Tokisue; (surname) Tokizaki; (surname) Tokisaki; (female given name) Toki; (female given name) Taimu; (personal name) Shin; (female given name) Aki

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Mandarin gèng // gēng / geng4 // geng1
Taiwan keng
Japanese kou / ko / こう
Chinese more; even more; further; still; still more; to change or replace; to experience; one of the five two-hour periods into which the night was formerly divided; watch (e.g. of a sentry or guard)
Japanese (See 五更) one-fifth of the night (approx. 2 hours); (personal name) Fuke; (female given name) Sara; (personal name) Kou
To change; a night watch; again; the more; still more

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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese kairi / かいり    kaishuu / kaishu / かいしゅう
Chinese nautical mile
Japanese (kana only) knot (nautical mile per hour); nautical mile; 1852m; 6080ft; (female given name) Kairi; (personal name) Kaishuu

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Mandarin yù // yú // ǒu / yu4 // yu2 // ou3
Taiwan yü // ou
Japanese gu
Chinese legendary monkey of ancient China; ancient area; archaic variant of 偶[ou3]

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Mandarin lùn // lún / lun4 // lun2
Taiwan lun
Japanese ron / ろん
Chinese opinion; view; theory; doctrine; to discuss; to talk about; to regard; to consider; per; by the (kilometer, hour etc); abbr. for 論語|论语[Lun2 yu3], The Analects (of Confucius)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) argument; discussion; dispute; controversy; discourse; debate; (2) theory (e.g. of evolution); doctrine; (3) essay; treatise; comment; (surname) Ron; (personal name) Hasukawa; (personal name) Hasuo; (male given name) Satoshi

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Mandarin chén / chen2
Taiwan ch`en / chen
Japanese tatsu / たつ
Chinese 5th earthly branch: 7-9 a.m., 3rd solar month (5th April-4th May), year of the Dragon; ancient Chinese compass point: 120°
Japanese fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Dragon, 7am-9am, east-southeast, March); (given name) Yoshi; (given name) Noburu; (personal name) Tatsumasa; (personal name) Tatsuji; (surname) Tatsusaki; (surname, female given name) Tatsu; (personal name) Jin; (given name) Shin

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Mandarin diǎn / dian3
Taiwan tien
Japanese ten
Chinese point; dot; drop; speck; o'clock; point (in space or time); to draw a dot; to check on a list; to choose; to order (food in a restaurant); to touch briefly; to hint; to light; to ignite; to pour a liquid drop by drop; (old) one fifth of a two-hour watch 更[geng1]; dot stroke in Chinese characters; classifier for items


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Japanese joukoku / jokoku / じょうこく Japanese first third of a two-hour period


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Japanese gekoku / げこく Japanese final third of a two-hour period



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Mandarin chǒu shí / chou3 shi2
Taiwan ch`ou shih / chou shih
Chinese 1-3 am (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)


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Japanese chuukoku / chukoku / ちゅうこく Japanese middle third of a two-hour period



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Mandarin èr shí / er4 shi2
Taiwan erh shih
Japanese futatoki / ふたとき    niji / にじ
Japanese (temporal noun) (1) fairly long period of time; (2) (archaism) four-hour period; (temporal noun) two o'clock
The two times or periods— morning and evening. Also 迦羅 kāla, a regular or fixed hour for meals, and 三昧耶 samaya, irregular or unfxed hours or times; two time periods


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Japanese goya / ごや Japanese (1) (archaism) division of the night (from approx. 7 pm to 5 am) into five 2-hour periods; (2) the fifth of these periods (approx. 3 am to 5 am); (female given name) Sayo



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Mandarin hài shí / hai4 shi2
Taiwan hai shih
Chinese 9-11 pm (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)


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Japanese ninji / にんじ Japanese man-hour; (personal name) Hitoki


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Japanese imawa / いまわ Japanese one's dying moment or hour



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Mandarin jīn shí / jin1 shi2
Taiwan chin shih
Japanese imatoki / いまとき
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) present day; today; recently; these days; nowadays; at this hour; (surname) Imatoki


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Japanese imasara / いまさら Japanese (adverb) (1) now (after such a long time); at this late hour (i.e. it is too late for something); at this point of time; (2) afresh; anew; again


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Japanese imawa / いまわ Japanese one's dying moment or hour


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Japanese kokkoku / こっこく    kokukoku / こくこく Japanese (adv,adv-to) moment by moment; hour by hour


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Japanese kokkoku / こっこく    kokukoku / こくこく Japanese (adv,adv-to) moment by moment; hour by hour


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Mandarin bāo fáng / bao1 fang2
Taiwan pao fang
Japanese kanefusa / かねふさ
Chinese compartment (of train, ship etc); private room at restaurant; rented room for karaoke; hotel room rented by the hour
Japanese (personal name) Kanefusa



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Mandarin wǔ shí / wu3 shi2
Taiwan wu shih
Chinese 11 am-1 pm (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)


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Japanese hantoki;hanji / はんとき;はんじ Japanese (temporal noun) (1) (はんとき only) little while; short time; (2) (archaism) an hour; (3) (はんじ only) (obscure) half-hour; half an hour



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Mandarin nā mó / na1 mo2
Taiwan na mo
Japanese namu / なむ
Chinese Buddhist salutation or expression of faith (loanword from Sanskrit); Taiwan pr. [na2 mo2]
Japanese (conj,int) {Buddh} amen; hail; (surname) Namu



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Mandarin mǎo shí / mao3 shi2
Taiwan mao shih
Chinese 5-7 am (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Maintain An Army For 1000 Days, Use It For An Hour養兵千日用兵一時
yǎng bīng qiān rì, yàng bīng yì shí
yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 yang4 bing1 yi4 shi2
yang bing qian ri yang bing yi shi
yang ping ch`ien jih yang ping i shih
yang ping chien jih yang ping i shih
yī sī lán jiào
yi1 si1 lan2 jiao4
yi si lan jiao
i ssu lan chiao
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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