I'm not sure whether the phrase has a typo in it or not because I couldn't find the proper translation from MDBG, Ichacha or Ichiba. However, I did find an example:


China’s 5000 year history, the variety of its customs and cultures, and its general mystique, have always pulled on the hearts and imagination of westerners.

I take '遐想连篇' here means making you imagining or drawing your imagination out.

I'm not sure I got the correct meaning though. I think sometimes it doesn't make any sense. For example: 'Pulling (your) imagination' make sense in 让人遐想连篇的小说, but not in 让人遐想连篇的话语

Do you have a better way to put the phrase '遐想连篇' in english?

  • 遐想连篇 is commonly used especially in written. another similar one is "浮想联翩", which is the same in meaning.
    – dan
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 1:00

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遐想 means 'reverie; fantasy; day dream'

篇 is a classifier for 'article', as in 一篇文章 (an article)

连篇 means 'one (article) after another'

Since fantasy is an imagined story in one's head, 篇 is a correct classifier.

"遐想连篇" in English is "one fantasy after another" or " one day dream after another" (day dream is fantasy)

Other examples of 连篇 as "one after another" with 篇 as a classifier:

  • 谎话连篇 - one lie after another (a lie is a made-up story)

  • 废话连篇 - one bullshit after another (bullshit is the same as nonsensical article-- both are telling nonsensical story)

'遐' means "far away"; '遐想' literally means " far away thought" (a thought that is far away from reality)

  • And thereI was, wondering what 连篇 means.... It makes sense now, thanks
    – Fai91
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 6:04

The Middle Kingdom's 5000 year long history,
rich and diverse customs and culture
as well as its all-pervasive feeling of mystery,
fascinates and infatuates many a foreigner,
causing endless flights of fancy and imagination.

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