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金玉其外 (Jīnyù qí wài)


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金玉其外 (Jīnyù qí wài) - Only looks good outside.

Literal meaning - Gold and Jade on the outside.

Once upon a time there was a merchant selling mandarin oranges. The oranges looked really fresh and beautiful so one man bought one back home only to find out that the orange was rotten to the core. He went back looking for the merchant for a refund but the merchant refused.

金玉其外 (Jīnyù qí wài) is used to describe something or someone that only looks good outside but beneath them is bad or rotten.



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