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神奇的国度 (shénqí de guódù): mystical country
  
神奇的国度 (shén qí de guó dù): the mystical country
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[[File:Shenqi1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''In the “mystical country,” government officials can absorb all the information at meetings while asleep.'']]
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[[File:Shenqi2.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''A woman begs in front of banner that reads, “Information on the newest welfare programs for the elderly.”'']]
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A netizen reference to China. 神奇 shénqí can mean “mystical,” “marvelous,”“mysterious,” “magical,” or “miraculous.” It describes something that seems to defy the laws of nature.
  
“The mystical country” is the name netizens use to refer sarcastically to China. The word 神奇 (shenqi), translated here as “mystical,” has no direct English translation; it can mean, “marvelous,”“mysterious,” “magical,” or “miraculous.” It is commonly used to describe something positively that seems to defy the laws of nature. For example, “The new treatment is very shenqi”(新疗法疗效神奇).
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Remarking on egregiously illogical or ironic situations, netizens often explain that China must be a mystical country. Some examples from a [http://www.xcar.com.cn/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=10281866&page=1 BBS forum] [zh]:
  
Netizens will often sarcastically remark, when situations defy logic or common sense, that China must be a mystical country, because that is the only way that such a state of affairs could be considered acceptable. Some [http://www.xcar.com.cn/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=10281866&page=1 examples] of the phrase's usage are [zh]:
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We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!</blockquote>
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<blockquote>这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!) </blockquote>
  
 
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    “We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!” (这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!) </blockquote>
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Such a mystical country... This country is poor but also generous, always willing to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/04/new-database-details-china-aid-to-africa/ pour vast sums into Africa].</blockquote>
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<blockquote>有这样一个神奇的国度。。。该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。</blockquote>
  
 
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    “We truly live in a mystical country; the country is poor but also generous, always willing to pour vast sums into Africa.” (该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲) </blockquote>
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Such a mystical country... Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.</blockquote>
  
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<blockquote>有这样一个神奇的国度。。。黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是。</blockquote>
    “We truly live in a mystical country; pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.” (黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是) </blockquote>
 
  
 
Netizens have also given China other sarcastic nicknames, including the [[Celestial Empire]].  
 
Netizens have also given China other sarcastic nicknames, including the [[Celestial Empire]].  
 
[[File:Shenqi2.jpg|400px|thumb|left|Image from the mystical country: woman begs in front of banner that reads, "Information on the newest welfare programs for the elderly."]]
 
  
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]

Revision as of 12:12, 11 June 2013

神奇的国度 (shénqí de guódù): mystical country

In the “mystical country,” government officials can absorb all the information at meetings while asleep.
A woman begs in front of banner that reads, “Information on the newest welfare programs for the elderly.”

A netizen reference to China. 神奇 shénqí can mean “mystical,” “marvelous,”“mysterious,” “magical,” or “miraculous.” It describes something that seems to defy the laws of nature.

Remarking on egregiously illogical or ironic situations, netizens often explain that China must be a mystical country. Some examples from a BBS forum [zh]:

We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!

这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!)

Such a mystical country... This country is poor but also generous, always willing to pour vast sums into Africa.

有这样一个神奇的国度。。。该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。

Such a mystical country... Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.

有这样一个神奇的国度。。。黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是。

Netizens have also given China other sarcastic nicknames, including the Celestial Empire.