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I was a wikitravel user who, although initially excited about the fact that a wiki based travel guide exists, grew increasingly unhappy with Even and Maj's management style. The sell off to IB and the de facto refusal to allow SQL Data Dumps was the final straw. I'm no longer an active contributor, but I still hope for change, particularly SQL DB Dumps.

Dear Keith: as for your question about the "Cohong" being translated as 公行, it is not a transliteration of the Chinese. That would be gōngháng. Cohong is a loan word borrowed and bastardized in pronunciation from the Chinese - most likely based on the Cantonese pronunciation. The Chinese characters are original, and in keeping with how history books would refer to the trade monopoly, we are using the loan word. This is akin to the fact that we still refer to Confucius as Confucius instead of "Kǒngzǐ." Most history and scholarly tomes on China today use the modern pinyin romanization system except where certain terms are generally widely known in the West and accepted - like Confucius, Cohong, Hong Kong (Xiānggǎng), Kuomintang (Guómíndǎng), etc. These are left in their old forms. Hope this helps! Cheers!

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