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天朝 (tiān cháo): Celestial Empire
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天朝 (Tiān cháo): Celestial Empire
  
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|250px|thumb|left|''Character combining “celestial” and “kingdom.”'']]
  
“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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The Celestial Empire is an ancient name for China. Netizens use the term sarcastically to refer to China under the current government. It often suggests that China’s leaders are self-important and have a China-centric view of the world.
  
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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“Celestial Empire” is also used in other sarcastic plays on words, such as [[Celestial Empire goes into the pot]] (天朝上锅 Tiān cháo shàng guō), which is a near-homonym for “Celestial Empire above all other nations.
  
[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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Probably because “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.  
  
[[File:Celestial.jpg|400px|thumb|left|''Dragon, symbol of the Celestial Empire.'']]
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[[TG]] is sometimes used as an approximate abbreviation, but it actually stands for 土共 Tǔgòng, another name for the Communist Party of China.
[[File:Tianchao.jpg|400px|thumb|right|''Character combining the characters for “celestial” and “kingdom.”'']]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 21:34, 14 May 2013

天朝 (Tiān cháo): Celestial Empire

Character combining “celestial” and “kingdom.”

The Celestial Empire is an ancient name for China. Netizens use the term sarcastically to refer to China under the current government. It often suggests that China’s leaders are self-important and have a China-centric view of the world.

“Celestial Empire” is also used in other sarcastic plays on words, such as Celestial Empire goes into the pot (天朝上锅 Tiān cháo shàng guō), which is a near-homonym for “Celestial Empire above all other nations.”

Probably because “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 土共 Tǔgòng, another name for the Communist Party of China.