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五里不同天 is defined in《广安方言与民俗词典》as:

比喻地区不同,事物就有差异。

I remember long ago hearing that in 福建 they say that the culture changes every nine li, but I never learned the actual phrase.

What similar phrases exist? I'm afraid that 广安方言 might not be all that universal.

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"十里不同音,百里不同俗"

Means different dialect every ten li / culture every hundred li

Basically the same methodology to describe how things are varies in such small geologic differences. Also I believe "天" in "五里不同天" refers to the weather / climate (weather and climate are 2 different thing but I can't tell which one fits better here)

  • I also think it's plausible "天" in "五里不同天" refers to the weather / climate. – dan Oct 5 '18 at 23:02
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I am a Cantonese, and I've never heard of "五里不同天". However, I do know a similar phrase "各處鄉村各處例" (each village has its own custom/rule), also means 地区不同,事物就有差异

I also heard the phrase '一方水土養一方人' (different area raise different people) on some Chinese documentary shows

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