Did you know?

The Chinese names of other countries were mostly derived by phonetically translating the Western names into similar sounding Chinese characters.

However, some countries were aptly graced with flattering translated names such as the following:

  • United States [ Měi Guó ] / “Beautiful Country
  • United Kingdom [ Yīng Guó ] / “Hero Country
  • France [ Fà Guó ] / “Lawful Country
  • Japan [ Rì Běn ] / “Sun’s Origin” (hence “Land of the Rising Sun”)
  • Thailand [ Tài Guó ] / “Peaceful Country
  • Germany [ Dé Guó ] / “Virtuous Country

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