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English irks: Beijing replaces English names with romanized Chinese

Hong Kong, Jan 6 (UNI) Few weeks ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, the Chinese capital city started replacing English names in the city’s subway with the pinyin, a romanized version of Chinese.
Stirring an online campaign, many Chinese nationals question the rationale behind such replacements, since foreign visitors who don't speak any Chinese are unlikely to understand pinyin, reports CNN.
English station names such as Olympic Park and Terminal 2 of the Beijing airport have become "Aolinpike Gongyuan" and "2 Hao Hangzhanlou" -- though the English translations are still displayed in brackets underneath.
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