City not county: : a lesson in Pinyin

[This is not a letter TO the editor. It's for the information of your sub-editors and headline writers].
The city = Xi'an. 西安
A county = Xian. 縣
The apostrophe is important as it shows the word is to be read as two characters (西安) and not one character (縣). 
This  relates to a recent headline I saw in the Post which mistakenly was "Xian" when it should have been Xi'an. 
From your pedantic reader....


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