天高皇帝遠

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 天高皇帝远
trad. 皇帝

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Idiom[edit]

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

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