Near where I'm staying in Taipei there is a temple called 慈祐宮. Most signs write 慈祐 in pinyin as "Ciyou", but some write it as "Cinyou".

temple sign for tourists

Would this just be a mistake or could there be a reason for it:

  • Could it be another Romanization system rather than Hanyu Pinyin?
  • Could it be for another language/dialect rather than for Standard Mandarin Chinese?

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Taiwanese minnan. /i/ changes to palatalized /ĩ/, and so ci becomes cin.

  • Thank you! This was not clear from Wiktionary's info on the character's Min Nan pronunciation. By the way, the name of the temple is also very often written with 佑 instead of 祐. Are those two variants? I couldn't find anywhere stating so. Aug 12, 2016 at 15:28
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    Not variants, but they are identical in meaning whenever 佑 means blessing.
    – user4452
    Aug 12, 2016 at 15:37

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