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English translation: Braod View Pavilion

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23:50 Jul 7, 2000
Chinese to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Chinese term or phrase: "Changguange" "暢觀閣
The 3 characters on a board above the door of the Nanjing Ming/Qing dynasty drum tower. Can I take these characters at their literal meaning or does the "Guan" character have a double meaning in that the forth tone "guan" can also mean temple. Would appreciate help. I myself am not even half a bottle of vinegar.
David Rock
English translation:Braod View Pavilion
Explanation:
Here, "guan" is in the first tone, which means a Pavilion.
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Echo Chan
Hong Kong
Local time: 03:17
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Summary of answers provided
naPleasant view pavilion
Ralph Dunsdon
na"Changguange" means Outlook PavilionDahua Kolbas
naBraod View PavilionEcho Chan


  

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3 hrs
Braod View Pavilion


Explanation:
Here, "guan" is in the first tone, which means a Pavilion.

Echo Chan
Hong Kong
Local time: 03:17
PRO pts in pair: 8
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10 hrs
"Changguange" means Outlook Pavilion


Explanation:
"Guan" is the first tone here. It means "to watch" or "to view".

By the way, the fourth tone of "Guan" does not mean temple.

"Ge" means pavilion. "Chang" means cheerful and free from inhibitions.

Dahua Kolbas
United States
Local time: 15:17
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23 hrs
Pleasant view pavilion


Explanation:
"guan" in the fourth tone can mean taoist monastery, but here means view, "ge" is pavilion and "ch'ang" is pleasing.

Ralph Dunsdon
Local time: 12:17
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