The Chinese have various rabbit-themed sayings to depict a diverse range of actions. Here are the most famous ones and what they mean:
Literal translation: The Golden Crow sets in the West, The Jade Rabbit rises in the East.
Meaning: The Sun sets, The Moon rises. (A poetic depiction of nightfall.)
Literal translation: A crafty rabbit has three burrows.
Meaning: Having several back-up plans as a precaution for self-protection.
Literal translation: Guarding a tree stump, waiting for rabbits.
Meaning: Waiting idly for an unlikely windfall. (Used to describe those who seek gain without pain.)
Literal translation: A lion pouncing on a rabbit.
Meaning: Using maximum effort even when tackling small matters.
Literal translation: Nimble as an escaping hare.
Meaning: Actions that are fast and nimble.
Literal translation: Even a rabbit may bite when cornered.
Meaning: One who is cornered can do anything.
Literal translation: Getting the rabbit, and forgetting the snare.
Meaning: Forgetting those who helped them once they achieve success.
Literal translation: Rabbits do not eat the grass around their own burrows.
Meaning: Be kind to your neighbours. (Or don’t do bad things at your doorstep.)