天高皇帝遠

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Chinese[edit]

day; sky; heaven high; tall emperor far; distant; remote
trad. (天高皇帝遠) 皇帝
simp. (天高皇帝远) 皇帝

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

天高皇帝遠

  1. describes remote areas beyond the control of a central government