A cow taken to Beijing is still a cow.


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Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
Could you tell me what the equivalent Chinese expressions are?
  • "A cow taken to Beijing is still a cow".
  • "You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink."
  • "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."
  • "A leopard never changes its spots"
  • "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."
  • nichec

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    Mandarin, English - [Singapore]
    "A cow taken to Beijing is still a cow" as given by nichec in the other thread here is a Taiwanese (Minnan) expression.

    gu khan kau pak kia iah si gu
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