侯門深似海

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Chinese[edit]

marquis
 
opening; door; gate; doorway; gateway; valve; switch; way to do something; knack; family; house; (religious) sect; school (of thought); class; category; phylum or division (taxonomy)
deep; profound
 
to seem; to appear; similar; like; to resemble
ocean; sea
trad. (侯門深似海)
simp. (侯门深似海)

Etymology[edit]

From Chapter 6 of the Dream of the Red Chamber

Literally: The nobleman's gates are deep like the sea.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

侯門深似海

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