Hometown Treasure

Two men talk about a gigantic bathtub and giant bamboo on the roadside.  (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)
Two men talk about a gigantic bathtub and giant bamboo on the roadside. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

There were two travelers who met on the road and talked about wonders at home.

One traveler said: “In my hometown, there is a bathtub that is so big that it holds more than a thousand people.”

The other traveler said: “That is nothing. There is a bamboo in my hometown. It grows so tall that it touches the sky and then even bends down to grow towards the ground. That is truly wonderful.”

The first traveler asked: “Is there really such a big bamboo?”

The other traveler replied: “If not for this big bamboo, how can your big bathtub be made?”

‘Good Laughs’ is meant to nourish a good heart with stories. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

‘Good Laughs’ is meant to nourish the good heart with stories. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by the Chinese doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). The collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Dr. Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.

Good Laughs is meant to nourish the heart with stories. In the preface, Dr. Shi wrote: “People are entertained by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but it can also save a life like acupuncture.”

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