zai4 zhong1guo2 zhan4guo2 shi2qi1, yan1guo2 you3 yi2ge4 nian2qing1ren2, ta1 zong3shi4 huai2yi2 zi4ji3 zou3lu4 de yang4zi bu4hao3kan4. you3yi4tian1, ta1 zai4 lu4shang4 peng4dao4 ji3ge4ren2 shuo1shuo1xiao4xiao4, ta1 ting1jian4 qi2zhong1 yi2ge4ren4 shuo1 han2dan1ren2 zou3lu4 zi1shi4 fei1chang2 mei3, zhe4 zheng4hao3 shi4 zi4ji3 dan1xin1de shi4qing2. ta1 ji2mang2 zou3shang4qian2qu4, xiang3 da3ting1ge ming2bai2. mei2xiang3dao4, na4 ji3ge4ren2 kan4jian4 ta1, ha1ha1da4xiao4 yi3hou4 jiu4 li2kai1le.Translation:
han2dan1ren2 zou3lu4 de zi1shi jiu1jing4 zen3yang4 mei3 ne? ta1 zen3me ye3 xiang3xiang4 bu4 chu1lai2. ta1 tian1tian1 dou1 zai4 xiang3 zhe4ge wen4ti2. zhong1yu2 you3yi1tian1, ta1 mei2 gao4su4 jia1ren2, jiu4 pao3dao yao2yuan3de han2dan1 xue2 zou3lu4 qu4 le.
dao4le han1dan1 yi3hou4, ta1 gan3dao4 chu4chu4 xin1xian1 you3qu4, jie1shang4 dao4chu4 shi4 shang1dian4 he2 ren2, mei3ge4ren2 zou3lu4de yang4zi dou1 bu4 yi2yang4. yu2shi4, ta1 jiu4 zheng3tian1 zhan4zai4 yi2zuo4 qiao2bian1 kan4 bie2ren2 zou3lu4 de yang4zi, na4li3 you3 hen3duo1 xing2ren2 zou3guo4. ta1 kan4dao4 xiao3hai2 zou3lu4de yang4zi hen3huo2po4, ta1 jiu4 gen1zai4 xiao3hai2de hou4mian4 mo2fang3; kan4jian4 lao3ren2 zou3lu4, ta1 jue2de hen3duan1zhuang1, ye3 gen1zai4 hou4mian4 xue2; kan4dao4 fu4nv3 zou3lu4, yi1yao2yi1bai3 geng4 hao3kan4, ye3 gen1zhe xue2. jiu4zhe4yang4, ban4ge4yue4 guo4qu4le, ta1 bu2dan4 mei2xue2hui4 han2dan1ren2 zen3me zou3lu4, er2qie3 lian2 zi4ji3 yuan2lai2 zen3me zou3lu4 ye3 wang4ji4le.
zhe4shi2, ta1de qian2 ye3 hua1wan2le, mei2you3 qian2 hui2jia1, zen3me ban4 ne? ta1 xiang3lai2xiang3qu4, zhi2hao3 pa2zhe hui2qu4le.
During Chinese Warring States period, there lived a young man in the State of Yan. He always doubted if his way of walking is graceful.
One day, he ran into some people who were talking and laughing in the street. He heard one of them said that the people in Han Dan (The capital of the state of Zhao) walked very gracefully. This was exactly what he was concerned about. He hurriedly walked up, intending to ask for more details. Unexpectedly, those people walked away laughing when they saw him.
How in the world did the HanDan people walked so gracefully? Despite all his effort, he simply couldn't imagine. He thought about this problem day after day. Eventually, without telling his family, he went to Han Dan which was far away from his home to learn how to walk (beautifully).
After arriving in Han Dan, he felt everything new and interesting. There were stores and people everywhere in the streets. Everybody walked differently. So, he spent all the day standing by a bridge, where many people passed by, observing the way people walked. He saw the children walking lively, so he followed them imitating them. He found elderly people walking in a dignified way, so he imitated behind them. He found the way women waddled even better, so he imitated them too. This way, half a month passed. He not only didn't learn how to walk like HanDan people, but also forgot how he himself used to walk. At the time, he had spent all his money, and had no money to go home. What could he do? He thought it over, and had to crawl back home.
The idiom of Learn Walking In Han Dan--Han Dan Xue Bu is now used to describe the case in which someone tries to copy others mechanically regardless of specific conditions.
However, Chuang Tzu, one of the founders of Taoism, wrote this story to show that the knowledge we've learned can restrain us from acting naturally, just like the young man in the story.