Daily Chinese Proverb: Problems

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Saturday, 5 September 2009
This proverb is used when things get too much, or no matter what is tried, new problems keep surfacing.

àn xia húlu qǐ le piáo.
One gourd is pushed under the water, but another floats up.

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  1. Puerhan Says:
  2. Where are you getting the proverbs and translations from? The English doesn't seem to match the Mandarin here?

    Push gourd down

    Raise the ladle


    Is there wider context for this proverb and the meaning of it? Obviously the proverb can be quite seriously abbreviated!

  3. I have to be honest, I found this one in a new source that I hadn't used before.

    However I have a feeling that the other meaning for 瓢 is a ladle or dipper, my guess is this word actually refers only to dippers and ladles made from gourds?

    a dipper gourd: http://simplejill.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/will1.jpg


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