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From 山 ("mountain") + 寨 ("stockade"). The use of "Shanzhai" to refer to imitation products comes from Cantonese slang, in which "shanzhai factory" (trad. 山寨廠, simpl. 山寨厂) means an ill-equipped, low-end and family-based factory.
- Cantonese (Jyutping): saan1 zaai6
- Hakka (Pha̍k-fa-sṳ): sân-chai
- Min Nan (POJ): soaⁿ-chē
- Min Nan
- mountain fortress
- fortified mountain village
- (slang) A fake or pirated good, especially an electronic one; a knockoff.