#60 Boy-King With a Mission…The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Cont’d 2)

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English Excerpt:

Page 18
Paragraph 3

As soon as he became King, he transported 700000 (seven hundred thousand) men from all over China to construct a tomb for him just outside his capital city (close to Xian ). He really wanted to live forever and searched for an elixir of immortality, but a grand tomb was the next best thing. The project continued until he died 36 years later. It became by far the most elaborate tomb in the world, a complex of many chambers around a central tomb the height of a 25-storey 25 building.

Chinese Translation:

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Page 18 = 第 十 八 页dì shí bā yè

Paragraph 3 = 第 三 段dì sān duàn

As soon as he became King (国 王guó wáng), he transported (运 输 yùn shū) 700,000 (seven hundred thousand 七 十 万 qī shí wàn ) men from all over China to construct a tomb for him just outside his capital city (首 都 shǒu dū ) (close to 靠 近 kào jìn Xian 西 安xī ān ). He really wanted to live forever and searched (搜 寻sōu xún ) for an elixir of immortality (仙 方xiān fāng), but a grand tomb was the next best thing. The project (工 程 gōng chéng ) continued until he died 36 years later. It became by far the most elaborate (精 巧 jīng qiǎo ) tomb in the world, a complex of many chambers 无 数 后 宫 around a central tomb the height of a 25-storey 25 (层 楼 céng lóu)building (大厦 dà shà).


Break-down sentences

1. 他一做了国王以後, 就在中国各地找寻并运输了七十万人到靠近西安的首都,来建设他的坟墓,
=As soon as he became King, he transported 700000 (seven hundred thousand) men from all over China to construct a tomb for him just outside his capital city (close to Xian ).

2. 他非常渴望永远不死(长生不老),但是因为收寻不到仙方,他只可造他的坟.
=He really wanted to live forever and searched for an elixir of immortality, but a grand tomb was the next best thing.

3. 这笔工程一直继续到他死,一共叁十六年,
=The project continued until he died 36 years later.

4. 结果,可以说是他造了全世界最精巧的坟墓
=It became by far the most elaborate tomb in the world,

5. 他以无数的後宫包围著有25城楼高的古墓中心
=a complex of many chambers around a central tomb the height of a 25-storey 25 building.


Vocabulary

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1. King = 国王guó wáng

2. transported = 运输yùn shū

3. 700000 = 七十万qī shí wàn

4. capital city = 首都shǒu dū

5. close to = 靠 近 kào jìn

6. Xian = 西安 xī ān

7. searched = 搜寻sōu xún

8. elixir of immortality = 仙方xiān fāng

9. project = 工程gōng chéng

10. elaborate = 精巧jīng qiǎo

11. 25-storey building = 25 层楼大厦céng lóu dà shà

Storey =层楼céng lóu
Building =大厦 dà shà

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