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xian

[Chinese shyahn] /Chinese ʃyɑn/
noun
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Xian

[shee-ahn] /ˈʃiˈɑn/
noun, Pinyin.
1.
a city in and the capital of Shaanxi province, in central China: capital of the ancient Chinese Empire.
Also, Sian, Singan, Xi'an.
Formerly Changan.
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xian

the basic unit of local government in China. The word hsien may be roughly translated as "county," or "district."

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