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Translation - English A Compassionate Prince Defends a Lowly Salt Peddler
A Tongcheng City Decree Brings Dishonest Merchants to Justice
The sweltering midsummer heat in the forty-fourth year of Kangxi’s reign had become insufferable. A dozen or so days of scorching noontime heat elapsed since the sixth day of the sixth lunar month, turning the entire Anhui province into a searing hot crucible. Mornings would pass, and regardless of whether one had rested in the shade of a tree, or reclined unclad in the threshold of a city gate, one would bead all over in sweat —let alone those who ventured out into the open. Outside the western gate of Tongcheng stooped a willow by the bank of a small stream, where a reed-woven shack laid within close reach of a thoroughfare and the city. To the north of this stream behind the shack grew a large plot of watermelons in the sandy soil. Passers-by, peddlers, porters, and even idle townsfolk escaping the heat gathered here, stripped to the waist, to strike up conversation and eat melons to cool down. Some lay over smooth slabs of stone, heads cushioned by straw hats with their queues coiled. Thunder-like snores came from those who were spread out, and their bodies became doused in sweat as they slept.
Chinese to English: Medium Density Fiberbroad (MDF)
Source text - Chinese 中密度纤维板（简称MDF），是以木质纤维或其他植物纤维为原料，施加脲醛脂，或其它合成树脂在加热加压的条件下压制成的一种板材，密度在450-880kg/ M3.它具有密度适中，表面坚硬平整光滑，幅面大，内部结构均匀，物理力性能优良等特点。可在表面和侧面进行复杂的机械加工。其光滑、稳定的表面，对于油漆涂饰、薄木或贴面、丝网印刷、模压加工饿 PVC薄膜的热模压都有良好的基材。均匀细密的侧面更使它的机械加工性能大大优于其它人造板，可利用锯切、铣型等方法加工出异性曲面并直接进行饰面装饰。
Translation - English Medium-density fiberboard (or MDF for short) is created through the use of wood or other soft plant fibers as raw material, where urea
formaldehyde or other synthetic resins are applied under conditions of high heat and pressure, forming panels between 450 to 880kg/m³ in density. Its key traits are moderate density; a hard and level surface
that is glossy and smooth in appearance, large surface dimension; an internal structure consistent in distribution, and excellent in
physical strength. Complex machine-processing can be carried out on both surface and sides. Its smooth stable surface acts as a good substrate for paint and varnishes; wood veneering or surface gluing; silk-screening; and machine PVC film heat lamination. The even and dense sides allow its performance in machine-finishing to greatly surpass those of other synthetic boards. Saw cutting, and use of other cast-iron tools in manufacturing can be used to create irregular and curved surfaces that can be then ready for decoration.
Chinese to English: Helicopter Passenger Safety
Source text - Chinese 欢迎您参加国家直升机尼亚加拉之旅。请不要在未获得飞行员或地面工作人员同意之前离开本直升机。离开飞机后，请朝直升机前方走，不要向后走，确保飞行员能看到您。在机舱前方和后方都备有安全指南卡片。飞行期间您可以自由拍照。祝您旅行愉快！
Translation - English Welcome to your Niagra adventure with National Helicopters! Do not alight from the helicopter without prior approval from the onboard crew or staff on the ground. After alighting, walk towards the front of the aircraft, and never towards the back to ensure the pilot has a clear view of you. Aircraft safety cards are located in the front and back of the helicopter cabin. Photography is permitted while the helicopter is in motion. Have a safe trip, and Bon Voyage!
Chinese to English: Singapore-Malaysia Merger
Source text - Chinese 自从星马分家以来，有关合併问题，时不时有人提出作理论上的探讨。 综合一般意见，大体上都忍为星马合併是势必实现的一个最终理想，因为星马两邦在历史上、地理上和经济上都有密切到不可分难的关系。然而，这个理想究竟何时可以实现，五年、十年…… 谁都不敢妄加臆测。
Translation - English Ever since the Singapore-Malaysia split, the merger question has often been posited. To sum up opinions, a vast majority considers a merger an inevitability that will come to pass. The reason is that the historical, geographical and economical ties that exist between Singapore and Malaysia are intricate and indivisible. Nevertheless, when this ideal can become an actuality—whether in 5 or even 10 years—is wild speculation.
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