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English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:the topmost tier
In Beijing, within an old man's memory, the Emperor would ascend the Altar of Heaven--a perfect circle inside a perfect square--and, his 9 grades of mandarins performing a 9-fold bowing before him, survey a world of 9s. "From the center of the topmost tier nine rings of paving-stones radiated out in concentric multiples of nine," explains author Colin Thubron, "and fanned down into the lower terraces, nine rows to each, in ever-expanding manifolds of nine."