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hán dān xué bù :邯郸学步:Learn to walk in Handan
        During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC),
Handan, the capital of the State of Zhao, was famous
for people's walking style. They walked in vigorous elegant strides. People in other places admired them very much. They thought the Handanners' way of walking was the best under the heaven. Several young lads from the State of Yan even wanted to copy the elegant walking style of the Zhao people. So they traveled a long way to Handan to learn how to walk.
     While in Handan, these young lads watched the local people carefully, eager to find out how they walked. But however they tried, they just couldn't walk the way the Handanners did. To make things worse, when they decide to give up and go home, they found they had forgotten their own way of walking. They had to crawl all the way back.
     From this fable comes the idiom "Learn to walk in Handan". We use this idiom to describe someone who imitates others blindly only to lose his own individuality.
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