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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.


Dragon, symbol of the Celestial Empire.
Character combining the characters for “celestial” and “kingdom.”