sān gù máo lú
Translation: Paying three visits to the thatched cottage.
Meaning: Invite someone to take up a task, position or responsibility multiple times.
During China’s Three Kingdoms period (220–265 CE), Liu Bei, the king of the State of Shu, heard of the intelligence and knowledge of Zhuge Liang and decided to invite Zhuge Liang to assist him. He visited him three times with gifts. Zhuge Liang, impressed by Liu Bei’s sincerity, agreed to….