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老马识途 Lao3 Ma3 Shi2 Tu2
The English Meaning of the Proverb
tu2(途): road; way
An old horse knows the way, it is used to describe the value of experience.
The English Story of the Proverb
At the request of Yan, Duke Huan of Qi send a troop to stop the invasion of invasion of Shanrong. They set out in Spring and came back in Winter. As the grasses were turning green, they lost their way. Guanzhong, the minister, said that dogs can find their way home no matter how far it is, and horses in the army, especially the old horses, know the way home. Duke Huan of Qi agreed and picked up some old horses to walk in front of the troops. Under the lead of the horsse, they finally returned State of Qi.
The Chinese Story of Proverb