Meaning of the Idiom
jin shui lou tai（a waterfront pavilion gets the moonlight first）
Fan Zhongyan was a very famous statesman and writer in the Northern Song Dynasty. He is extremely upright, especially good at selecting talents.
When Fan Zhongyan was a governor in Hangzhou, he actively recommended civil and military officials in the city. Many officials were grateful to Fan Zhongyan for getting positions where they could use their talents. There was an inspector named Su Lin, who was not promoted by Fan Zhongyan because he worked in a county outside Hangzhou.
Once, when Su Lin saw Fan Zhongyan on business, he took the opportunity to write a poem to Fan Zhongyan. In the poem, the balcony near the water is the first place to receive the moonlight, and flowers and trees growing toward the sunlight are easy to grow and bloom, showing the scene of spring.
Su Lin is to express his “hero useless land” feeling, cleverly pointed out that close to Fan Zhongyan people have been good, but he has not seen help. After reading Fan Zhongyan understood and laughed. So, according to Su Lin’s wishes, he found a suitable position for him.
This idiom has changed to the opposite meaning in circulation, and is often used to satirize the situation of taking advantage of a certain convenience to get care and take the lead in making profits.
[jìn shuǐ lóu tái]，指靠近水边的楼台；比喻由于接近某人或者事物，而抢先得到某种利益或便利。
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