Origin of BeijingChin, northern capital (as contrasted with Nanjing)
Usage Note: Although some people pronounce the capital of China as (bā′zhĭng′), with a (zh) sound in place of the (j) sound, the pronunciation with the (j) sound is a much better approximation of the Chinese pronunciation. In fact, most people who speak Chinese would consider the (zh) pronunciation to be incorrect.
- The capital of the People's Republic of China.
From Mandarin 北京 (Běijīng), composed of 北 (běi) ("northern") and 京 (jīng) ("capital").