Literally meaning “to go ashore,” this term is used as a metaphor by Chinese netizens to refer to the scenario where a person has finally achieved a goal after lengthy and strenuous effort. Most often, the term is used when a person has passed the exams and interviews to get enrolled at a prestigious university or get hired as a civil servant, or has paid off all their debts.
Nǐ de háizi shàng dàxué le ba？
Did your kid go to college already?
Shì de，jīnnián qiūtiān gānggāng rùxué，zài hāfó xué fǎlǜ。
Yeah, he became a law student at Harvard University just this fall semester.
Jīngguò zhèmeduō nián de nǔlì zhōngyú shàng’àn le。
He finally achieved the goal of getting enrolled by a top university after years of effort.