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杀青
shā qīng
v./n. to heat the green bamboo strips before writing on them (in ancient times), (fig.) to complete a book or film; baking process (of green tea)
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One interesting fact: the ancient Chinese people wrote on bamboo strips before writing-paper was invented. In order to better preserve the bamboo strips and prevent them from being eaten away by moth, the ancient people heat the bamboo up using fire. This way, the water content would be removed from the bamboo, and it would be easier to store.
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