We open a new column——“Analysis of ChineseCharacters by bilingual”，for the convenience of Chinese and foreign friends who are interested in Chinese characters. Every Monday we’ll push a Chinese character，analyze its originand related culture. If there is any impropriety，welcome to correct us.
The college entrance examination is coming，Let's talkabout "bamboo"and an idiom related to it——Having a ready-formed plan.
The character for bamboo is a pictograph of two whorls of bamboo leaves.Unlike a wayward man,the bamboo grows straight and up-right into a useful and decorative plant.
Havinga ready-formed plan
In the Song Dynasty,an artist called Wen Tong was especially fond of drawing bamboo.He planted a lot of bamboo in his garden so that he could observe the process of their growth and appearance in different seasons and climates.He knew bamboo so well that whenever he took up the paintbrush he already had a picture in his mind,and thus he could always paint bamboo in a vivid and lively way.
This idiom means to have a well-thought-out plan in place before one sets out to do something so as to ensure its success.