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A priceless treasure无价之宝

A priceless treasure

Here is a new phrase meaning “a priceless treasure.” In Chinese, it reads, “wu jia zhi bao”. We use it to describe something very precious. There is a story behind this idiom.

During the Warring States period in ancient China, a peasant in the Wei Kingdom found a piece of unusual stone in the field when farming. He didn’t know what kind of stone it was, so he went to his neighbor and asked him if he knew. His neighbor saw that it was a piece of precious jade, and wanted to keep it for himself. He then lied to the peasant, “This stone has strange power. Anyone who keeps it will have terrible things happen to him. You’d better put it back where you found it.”

The peasant didn’t quite believe what his neighbor had told him. He took the stone home. That night, the stone emitted a bright beam of light, which scared the whole family. The peasant went to his neighbor and told him about it. His neighbor lied to him again, “This is a very bad sign. To avoid tragedy in your family, you must throw the stone away.”

The peasant believed his neighbor completely this time. He went to a wild place and threw the jade away. He didn’t see his neighbor secretly following him. The neighbor picked up the jade, went to the palace, and presented it to the king. The king told an experienced jade carver to check it. The old jade carver examined it and said to the king, “Congratulations. Your majesty, this is a rare treasure indeed. I’ve never before seen jade as valuable.” The king was very pleased to hear this. He asked the jade carver just how much the jade was worth. The jade carver answered, “It is a priceless treasure. Merely taking a look at it should cost the price of five cities.” The king was very happy, and gave the peasant’s neighbor a huge reward.

From this story people drew the idiom “a priceless treasure” or “wu jia zhi bao.” You can use it to describe something very precious.

 Source :  Editor: Dong Wenwen
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