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Kong Zhong Lou Ge

 

空中楼阁 (kōng zhōng lóu gé)

Kong Zhong Lou Ge

 

A rich man asked an architect to build a three-story house for him. When the first story was finished, the rich man said to the architect: “I want only the third story; not the first and second stories.” The architect asked, “But without the first and second stories, how can I build the third story?” Shaking his head, he packed up his things, and left. This idiom indicates an unrealistic or impractical plan or theory.

 

从前有个富翁,愚蠢无知。他叫木匠给他造一座三层楼。于是木匠便开始量地基,叠砖,造楼。富翁看见木匠叠砖,心生疑惑,不晓得是怎么一回事,就问木匠:“你这是打算造什么?”木匠回答道:“造三层的楼呀!”富翁又说:“我不要下面二层,你先给我造最上一层。” 木匠答道:“没这样的事!哪有不造最下一层楼而造第二层楼的?不造第二层楼又怎么谈得上造第三层楼呢?“ 木匠无奈,摇头离去。