天高皇帝远

MandarinEdit

simpl. 皇帝
trad. 天高皇帝遠

EtymologyEdit

Literally: Heaven is high (above, and the) emperor is far (away)

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin tiān gāo huángdì yuǎn
Zhuyin ㄊㄧㄢ ㄍㄠ ㄏㄨㄤˊ ㄉㄧˋ ㄩㄢˇ
IPA (key) /tʰi̯ɛn⁵⁵ kɑʊ̯⁵⁵ xu̯ɑŋ³⁵ ti⁵¹ y̯ɛn²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

IdiomEdit

天高皇帝远 (simplified, Pinyin tiān gāo huángdì yuǎn, traditional 天高皇帝遠)

  1. describes remote areas beyond the control of a central government
    • 2000: anon, 咨询型法治与中国国情 (The control of information and China's national mood)
      传统中国一盘散沙”,名义专制国家”,其实天高皇帝远文化范畴”。
      Traditional China was a loose confederation. Nominally, it was an "autocratic state," but actually belonged to a "category of civilizations" whereby "remote areas were beyond the control of a central government."
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