(in popular Chinese religion) one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
(in China) a county or district.
- Also Pinyin, xian .
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How to use hsien in a sentence
To save expense, some make the whole ascent of one hundred and twenty li from Omei-hsien in a day.A Wayfarer in China | Elizabeth Kendall
Nothing of great importance is known about Fa-hsien in addition to what may be gathered from his own record of his travels.
Fa-hsien and the rest, however, through the liberality of Foo Kung-sun, managed to go straight forward in a south-west direction.
Fa-hsien and the others went forward to the kingdom of Tsze-hoh, which it took them twenty-five days to reach.
Here Fa-hsien stayed two years, writing out his Sutras, and drawing pictures of images.