Pi Jing Zhan Ji (Break through brambles and thorns)
In the early stage of Eastern Han Dynasty (25—220AD), Feng Yi (冯异) established himself as a prestigious general, who risked his own life to fight hard for his leader—Liu Xiu (刘秀), the man who later became the ruler of Eastern Han Dynasty. Through a great many of wars, big or small, Feng Yi gained his fame and the trust from the leader step by step.
During the year of 25 AD,with the great dedication and help of Feng Yi, Liu Xiu eventually lived up to his dream—found the Eastern Han Dynasty, himself then became the king of the country, Luo Yang (洛阳) as the capital of the state. However, he didn’t take all of this for granted, in fact, in the very depth of his heart, he never forget the tremendous contributions from his royal partner—Feng Yi. Before long,in order to pay a tribute to him, the king appointed Fengyi as the vassal of one region, where he was free to exercise power.
Time flied quickly,five year later, Feng Yi went to Luo Yang to pilgrimage the king. Undoubtedly, Liu Xiu gave him a very warm welcome as soon as he arriving. After the dinner, he introduced Feng Yi to other officials around in a grateful tone:"You see,the guy standing there is the one who broke through brambles and thorns for me during the harsh revulutionary times, who wiped out the enemies, who paved the way for the foundation of our thriving country. It’s safe to say that, without his heart and soul sacrifice, I would be nobody now. He is a real hero of the country!”
Afterwards,“break through brambles and thorns” was used as an idiom describing the individual who exert himself to get htrough the bad situation in the road of pursuing his dream.