Chapter ONE. A long time ago, there was a man Bian Heh who lived in Central China. One day he became very excited because he dug a tough and cut stone containing jade in the place called Hushan.
The surface of tis jade was coarse and looked like any ordinary stone. Without cutting the rock or however he knew in his heart that there was jade inside, because he learnt from his family the skill of finding jade which often hides in ordinary rocks.
Bian Heh was not self-centered. He would have given the rock to his parents but they were both dead. Instead of keeping the rock for himself the first thing that came to his mind, as he was a loyal citizen, was to present the jade to his king.
So he walked, walked and walked finally reaching the king’s palace so he could give his jade to the king. the king send for the jade craftmen to look at the stone. Unfortunately the jade craftmen looked at it and they thought that it was not more than a piece of rock.
The king was very angry because the king thought that Bian Heh purposely tried to fool him. The king didn’t kill Bian Heh though. Instead he had his left foot cut off. Ouch!
Chapter TWO. When the next king succeeded to the throne Bian Heh this time was in a doubt. As a loyal citizen he once again walked a long way and offered the jade to his new king. He did this because he still believed that there was jade inside the rock. Guess what? Another jade craftmen took it but he thought that it was not more than a piece of rock. Poor Bian Heh! This time he suffered the loss of his right foot. Ouch!, ouch!
Chapter THREE. Years later yet another ruler took power. At this time Bian Heh was in odds full of dismay. He douldn’t walk but still believed that there was jade inside the rock. For three days he hold the jade and wept and wept until his eyes steamed with blodd.
The new ruler heard the news and had Bian Heh brought to him. The king asked him:
- “What make you cry so sadly?”
Bian Heh said:
- “I didn’t cry because my feet wre cut off but because my jade had been considered a mere rock and my loyalty has been viewed as deception. This has hurt me deeply!”
The new ruler took a look at Bian Heh and shifted between believe him or being suspicious of him. He ordered his craftmen [jadders] to chisel his rock open.
Beyond anybody’s imagination a bright rare beautiful piece of jade was found inside. The king was so joyful that he not only named the jade Bian Heh jade in his honour that he also gave Bian Heh a great deal of gold and silver.
The jade was so special that one can see his own reflection. During the daytime it acts just like a mirror and it shines at night. Anyone who carries it feels cool in summer and warm in winter. Besides it is also believed to have the power of getting rid of evil spirits.
News about the magic of the jade spread rapidly to every state. All the kings wanted to own this piece of jade. Believe it or not one king offered not one, not two, not three but 15 cities to trade for this piece of jade.
Because of that many touching stories related to it grew throughout Chinese history.
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