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帝都 (dì dū): imperial capital
 
帝都 (dì dū): imperial capital
  
This is a recent internet nickname for Beijing. Formerly, the phrase “imperial capital” was used in reference to the capitals of imperialist countries, but as countries have ceased to proclaim themselves empires, the phrase “imperial capital” has become synonymous with a nation's capital.  
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This is a recent internet nickname for Beijing. Formerly, the phrase “imperial capital” was used [http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B8%9D%E9%83%BD in reference to the capitals of imperialist countries], but as countries have ceased to proclaim themselves empires, the phrase “imperial capital” has become synonymous with a nation's capital.  
  
 
Beijing's nickname of “imperial capital” is often contrasted with an internet nickname for Shanghai, 魔都 (mó dū), which means “devil/monster capital.”
 
Beijing's nickname of “imperial capital” is often contrasted with an internet nickname for Shanghai, 魔都 (mó dū), which means “devil/monster capital.”

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帝都 (dì dū): imperial capital

This is a recent internet nickname for Beijing. Formerly, the phrase “imperial capital” was used in reference to the capitals of imperialist countries, but as countries have ceased to proclaim themselves empires, the phrase “imperial capital” has become synonymous with a nation's capital.

Beijing's nickname of “imperial capital” is often contrasted with an internet nickname for Shanghai, 魔都 (mó dū), which means “devil/monster capital.”