lù yáo zhī mǎ lì , rì jiǔ jiàn rén xīn
( Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know what's in a person's heart. Moral: Character can be revealed by time.)
This can be used positively to praise a true friend, or negatively to criticize friends who could not stand a test.
This Chinese proverb rang in my head as I looked at the horse and cart situation before me in Yunnan. And I realised how truly did our Chinese ancients speak!!
I quickly took the rare opportunity of photographing this worker in a complicated situation with his cart. It was also very ananchronistic - his horse pulling a cart full of beams for a construction site..the beams would help to scaffold shop houses -- His horse looked extremely tired with the over load. A few of the beams were slipping further down the cart and touching the road causing his cart to literally stop in the middle of the road between two blocks of shop houses which had grown from a huge piece of farm land according to my friend who is now living nearby!!
|He tried to balance some of the beams. He was not able to pull the beams further up the cart.|