侯門深似海

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See also: 侯门深似海

Chinese[edit]

deep; profound
 
to seem; to appear; similar; like; to resemble
ocean; sea
trad. (侯門深似海) 侯門
simp. (侯门深似海) 侯门
Literally: “The nobleman's gates are deep as the sea.”

Etymology[edit]

From 贈去婢:

侯門從此蕭郎路人 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
侯门从此萧郎路人 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
Hóumén yī rù shēn hǎi, cóngcǐ xiāoláng shì lùrén. [Pinyin]
The nobleman's gates, once entered, are deep as the sea; from now on, your lover is a passer-by.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

侯門深似海

  1. The mansions of nobility are inaccessible to the common people.