Chinese Provinces

I was reading a Chinese woman’s travel log, encountered a shortcut name that i didn’t recognize. As a result, I did a search on Google and made a list of all the Chinese provinces and their corresponding shortcuts. Each province is usually a two syllables word, and the shortcut is always one single syllable.

Each syllable has a strong sense of history associated with it. During certain time of the long history of China, each province was literarily a country in its own right. And the shortcut, its country name. Chinese History & Geography

These shortcuts usually originated from some geographical feature of the area, often it is a name of a major river. The sound and script for each sylabol always sounds and looks beautiful to me. Because of its condensed nature? or is it because any unknown character often carries with it certain mystic and beauty?
I can’t tell.

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