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Where does the word “China” come from

Travel Forums General Talk Where does the word “China” come from

1. Posted by susanna113 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

QUESTION:
Chinese refer to their country as Zhong Guo - which roughly translates as the Middle Kingdom.
The Chinese have always seen China as being the center of the arts, the sciences and indeed all things cultural, so it's not hard to understand why the name Middle Kingdom.
Of course, China, the English name for the Middle Kingdom, is not a Chinese word at all. Where does the word 'China' come from:
A. From Sanskrit writings from about two thousand years ago;
B. From Marco Polo's travel writings from 1555;
C. From Richard Nixon who coined the name after his visit in February 1972.
D. None of the above.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

D

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

A. From the Sanskrit word cīnāḥ (Chinese people), which goes back to the name Qin (pronounced chin), the first dynasty of Imperial China.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

A. From the Sanskrit word cīnāḥ (Chinese people), which goes back to the name Qin (pronounced chin), the first dynasty of Imperial China.

Ok, so that's actually the same? Then my answer should have been A indeed

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Complete plagiarism from Wikipedia:

English and many other languages use various forms of the name "China" and the prefix "Sino-" or "Sin-". These forms are thought to derive from the name of the Qin Dynasty that first unified the country (221–206 BCE). The pronunciation of "Qin" is similar to the phonetic "cheen", which is considered the possible root of the word "China"[5].