上窮碧落下黃泉

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Chinese[edit]

 
up; on; on top; upon; first; previous or last; upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; to go up
exhausted; poor sky; blue sky
 
under; second; next; lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to decline; to go down; latter
yellow spring; underground spring
trad. (上窮碧落下黃泉) 碧落 黃泉
simp. (上穷碧落下黄泉) 碧落 黄泉
Literally: “(Searched) thoroughly up in the blue beyond (as well as) down in the Yellow Springs (below the earth).”

Etymology[edit]

From the Song of Everlasting Regret in 806 CE, by poet Bai Juyi.

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Idiom[edit]

上窮碧落下黃泉

  1. to search high and low