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What was China's original name?

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China has had several names throughout history; some of the earliest names were Wei Lu, Hua Xia, Zhong Hua, Hai Nei and Shen Zhou. China's name has changed depending on the dynasty or government ruling over the country at the time. As of 2015, the most common Chinese name in use is Zhong Guo.

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The name Hua Xia was used during the Shang Dynasty by the Hua Xia Nationality, which was one of the largest ethnic groups at the time. Another name is Shen Zhou, which means "divine land." This was used during the Warring States period.

The first recorded use of the name "China" occurred in the 16th century. Zhong Guo began to be used officially after the revolution of 1911.

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