Take the first place at the triennial palace examination - Du Zhan Ao Tou

Take the first place at the triennial palace examination

dú zhàn áo tóu (Take the first place at the triennial palace examination),It literally means standing on the head of Ao(legendary turtle) alone,it's a metaphor of winning first.

Take the first place at the triennial palace examination

"Ao" is the legendary turtle that can bear the mountain in the sea. It's a combination of loong head, turtle body and carp tail. It is said that Ao was the Third Prince of the king of Sea Loong. Because heaven stole the jade slurry of the Jade Emperor, he was sent to the East China Sea to be ao. In the Tang and Song Dynasties, there was a huge Ao carved on the steps in front of the emperor's palace, which not only set off the majestic atmosphere of the Imperial Palace, but also implied auspiciousness.

When officials meet the emperor, they must abide by the state etiquette and stand in the middle of the ladder to wait for the emperor's call, which is exactly on the ladder engraved with a giant turtle, so it will be called "head of the Ao" in the future. When the number one scholar met the emperor, he was also on the top of the Ao, so "head of the Ao" became the pronoun of the number one scholar. Later generations use the metaphor of "Du Zhan Ao Tou(Take the first place at the triennial palace examination)" to mean to occupy the first place or get the first place.

Du

Du

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

Single/only/ sole(adj),only/alone(adv)

Zhan

Zhan

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

zhàn

Occupy/seize(verb)

Ao

Ao

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

áo

Ao(noun, legendary turtle in chinese lenged)

Tou

Tou

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

tóu

Head(noun)