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天朝 (tiān cháo): Celestial Empire
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<h3>''Tiāncháo'' [[天朝]]</h3>
  
The Celestial Empire is an ancient name for China. Recently, netizens have used the term sarcastically to refer to China under the current government. Oftentimes the term is used to suggest that China’s leaders are self-important and have a China-centric view of the world.
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[[File:Tianchao.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Character combining "celestial" and "kingdom." (source unknown)'']]
  
“The Celestial Empire” is also used in other sarcastic plays on words, including [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Celestial_Empire_goes_into_the_pot “The Celestial Empire goes in the pot”], 天朝上锅 (tiān cháo shàng guō), which is a close homonym for “the Celestial Empire above all other nations.
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Ancient name for China; sarcastic nickname for the current party-state.  
  
Perhaps because the phrase is often used in criticism of the government or state of affairs in China, an alternate way of writing it has previously [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/08/sensitive-words-intranets-prostitution-and-more/ been blocked] as a search term on Sina Weibo.  
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Using the historic term "Celestial Empire" suggests that China's leaders are self-important, have a China-centric view of the world, and embody many of the imperial trappings communism was supposed to have cast off.
  
[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/TG “TG”] is sometimes used as an abbreviation for the phrase, but it can also stand for 土共 (tǔgòng), another name for the Communist Party of China.
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<blockquote>''Zhenshidehuangyane'' (@真实的谎言e): Special characteristics of the '''Celestial Empire''': corruption is its father, shamelessness is  its mother! What a [[mystical country]]! (September 24, 2014)</blockquote>
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<blockquote> '''天朝'''特色,腐败是爹,无耻是妈! //@老王故事会://@相思洋: 神奇的国度![[https://freeweibo.com/en/weibo/3758270869142246 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
  
[[File:Celestial.jpg|400px|thumb|left|''Dragon, symbol of the Celestial Empire.'']]
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"Celestial Empire" is used plays on words, such as [[Celestial Empire goes into the pot]], a near-homonym for "Celestial Empire above all other nations."
[[File:Tianchao.jpg|400px|thumb|right|''Character combining the characters for “celestial” and “kingdom.”'']]
 
  
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
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Since "Celestial Empire" is often used in criticism of the government or state of affairs in China, an alternate way of writing it has at times been [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/08/sensitive-words-intranets-prostitution-and-more/ blocked] from Sina Weibo search results.
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[[TG]] is sometimes used as an approximate abbreviation, but it actually stands for ''Tǔgòng'' 土共, another name for the Communist Party of China.
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See also [[mystical country]] and [[expensive country]].
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Latest revision as of 20:26, 20 January 2021

Tiāncháo 天朝

Character combining "celestial" and "kingdom." (source unknown)

Ancient name for China; sarcastic nickname for the current party-state.

Using the historic term "Celestial Empire" suggests that China's leaders are self-important, have a China-centric view of the world, and embody many of the imperial trappings communism was supposed to have cast off.

Zhenshidehuangyane (@真实的谎言e): Special characteristics of the Celestial Empire: corruption is its father, shamelessness is its mother! What a mystical country! (September 24, 2014)

天朝特色,腐败是爹,无耻是妈! //@老王故事会://@相思洋: 神奇的国度![Chinese]

"Celestial Empire" is used plays on words, such as Celestial Empire goes into the pot, a near-homonym for "Celestial Empire above all other nations."

Since "Celestial Empire" is often used in criticism of the government or state of affairs in China, an alternate way of writing it has at times been blocked from Sina Weibo search results.

TG is sometimes used as an approximate abbreviation, but it actually stands for Tǔgòng 土共, another name for the Communist Party of China.

See also mystical country and expensive country.

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