西藏

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.
西

Etymology[edit]

From 西 ("west") and , the latter a transcription of Tibetan གཙང (gtsang, a region in Tibet encompassing Gyantse and Shigatse). Using this word to refer to Tibet in general was fairly recent [from 20th century]. The old Chinese words for Tibet were and 吐蕃.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin Xīzàng
Zhuyin ㄒㄧ ㄗㄤˋ
IPA (key) /ɕi⁵⁵ t͡sɑŋ⁵¹/

Proper noun[edit]

西藏 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Xīzàng)

  1. Tibet or Xizang

See also[edit]