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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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Xi'an

/ʃjɑːn/
noun
1.
an industrial city in central China, capital of Shaanxi province: capital of China for 970 years at various times between the 3rd century bc and the 10th century ad; seat of the Northwestern University (1937); famous for Qin dynasty emperor Qinshihuang's tomb (207 bc) with 8000-strong terracotta army. Pop: 3 256 000 (2005 est) Former names Changan, Siking
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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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