西藏

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Chinese[edit]

west
 
storehouse; depository; Buddhist or Taoist scripture; Zang; Tibet; to hide away; to conceal; to harbor; store; accumulate
simp. and trad.
(西藏)
西

Etymology[edit]

From 西 (, “west”) and (Zàng), 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 (fán), 土蕃 (Tǔbō, Tǔfán) and 吐蕃 (Tǔbō, Tǔfán).

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Proper noun[edit]

西藏

  1. Tibet or Xizang