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2. Shaanxi and Shanxi

Another interesting fact is that there are two Shanxi provinces in China:

山西 shānxī    

陕西 shǎnxī     


Notice the first characters are different and the words are pronounced with different tones. 

陕西 shǎnxī is often written as Shaanxi in English to help show the difference. 

Use an atlas to find where Shaanxi and Shanxi are in China. The Qinling giant panda is only found in Shaanxi. 

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