This is from an interview text:


我从小就喜欢文学, As a child I always liked literature

而且对北大非常向往。 and I longed to go to Beijing University.

在我眼里, In my eyes,

北大的精华都在文史哲, Beijing University is quintessentially a place for literature, history and philosophy,

它们有一种厚重感。 they have a ????

They are very important there??
They are taken very seriously there??
These subjects have great weight there??
These subjects are profoundly important there??
I feel they are profoundly important there??

How should I translate '它们有一种厚重感。'??

Edit: found this in iciba.com

Scotland is a unique and austere place, laden with history.

参考译文苏格兰是一个独特的地方,自然条件虽不得天独厚, 历史的厚重感却随处可见.

历史的厚重感却随处可见 laden with history

So maybe I can translate:
I feel it, the university, is laden with literature, history and philosophy
I feel it is laden with them. I feel they ooze from the walls.


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    北大 ie 北京大学 was founded before the PRC and pinyin. It kept its old English name Peking University (not Beijing University)
    – jf328
    Jan 23, 2017 at 14:02

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厚重= thick and heavy

厚重感 = a thick and heavy feel

The most direct translation would be "a thick and heavy feel". It implies the air is filled with some sense that you can almost feel it's thickness and weight.

In the context of the quotes, 厚重感 can also be translated as "a substantial feel" or "a feel of immensity"

substantial (adjective):

  1. of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size

  2. of solid character or quality; firm, stout, or strong



  1. vastness; enormous extent: the immensity of the Roman empire.
  • Thanks Tang Ho. I'm sure in the right context your answer would be great, but I feel here that it is not quite the right answer. Thanks for trying!
    – Gangosa
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:37
  • Then I suggest "a feel of immensity "
    – Tang Ho
    Jan 26, 2017 at 4:53

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