Guangxi province is abbreviated to the character for Gui, referencing the otherworldly beauty of Guilin. Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Where the short names of Chinese provinces, regions and cities came from

  • Much like US states are abbreviated to two letters, so too are China’s administrative divisions represented by a shortened, single character
  • Often, that comes from the longer name of the area, but some reference the region’s distant past or geography

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Guangxi province is abbreviated to the character for Gui, referencing the otherworldly beauty of Guilin. Photo: Shutterstock
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