Asian Geography by Letter - D

Guess these Asian geographical answers that start with the letter D.
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Last updated: December 15, 2019
First submittedAugust 12, 2014
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Capital of Syria
Damascus
Salty inland sea that borders Jordan
Dead Sea
Site of the world's tallest building
Dubai
India's most populous metro area
Delhi
Biggest city on the island of Bali
Denpasar
Capital of Bangladesh
Dhaka
Parliament of Japan
Diet
Capital of Qatar
Doha
Jerusalem landmark
Dome of the
Rock
Mythical animal often used to
represent China
Dragon
Capital of East Timor
Dili
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Answer
Term for the "Untouchable"
castes of India
Dalit
Gobi or Negev, for example
Desert
Currency of Vietnam
Dong
City in northeast India;
namesake of a famous tea
Darjeeling
Chinese religion started by Laozi
Daoism
Largest city on Mindanao, Philippines
Davao
Capital of Tajikistan
Dushanbe
Hindu festival of lights
Diwali
Major sea port on China's
Liaoning peninsula
Dalian
Biggest city in central Vietnam
Da Nang
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Level 73
Aug 12, 2014
That's quite generous: I typed in Davos for the Filipino city, scrambling it with the Swiss one, and it gave a tick for Davao!
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Level 79
Nov 12, 2014
:-/ but I wasn't able to come up with an acceptable type-in for Denpasar. I think I had a few vowels and consonants switched around. Also feel dumb for missing Darjeeling.
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Level 66
Sep 9, 2014
I thought it was "Taoism." I've always pronounced it with a "D" but spelled it with a "T." Got it right, just curious if I've been wrong or if there are two acceptable spellings. :D
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2014
I think Taoism is the most usual spelling, but it wouldn't fit a "letter D" quiz ;).
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Level 83
Nov 6, 2014
Never ever saw it spelled with a D, but apparently that works too. I just went "religion with a D, nope don't know that one, next question please".
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Level 72
Mar 9, 2020
It's mainly because the word 'Dao' - the way - was transliterated as Tao in Wade-Giles, but the more modern - and dare I say, phonetically accurate - way uses the 'D'. The shift between Wade-Giles and Pinyin is also where you get Mao Tse-tung becoming Mao Zedong, Peking becoming Beijing, Chungking becoming Chongqing and so on and so forth.
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Level 79
Nov 12, 2014
I think 道教 is the common "spelling." :P Transliterations of words from languages that do not use the Roman alphabet are always tricky and often done in multiple different ways.
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Level 86
Nov 28, 2016
Especially as the characters kal referenced are pronounced differently across the many, many Chinese dialects. In Mandarin, the initial sound is closer to a T, but in Cantonese, it's better represented as a D.
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Level 70
Jan 2, 2017
@Plattitude, nah it's nothing to do with that. Mandarin has both "tao" and "dao" sounds. They're both pronounced exactly how you would expect them to. 道教 in modern pinyin is "daojiao". "Taoism" is based on the old "wades-giles" system of transliteration.
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2018
If you want to be technical, that sound in Mandarin is an unaspirated "t." However, since the unaspirated "t" does not exist in most (all?) English dialects at the beginning of a syllable, to the untrained ear it sounds a lot like a "d."

TLDR- If you want to be a pedant, it's a "t." Otherwise, it's a "d."
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Level 63
Jan 8, 2018
You're totally right, Big Cheesy. It's called Taoism (pronounced Dow-izm). Calling it Daoism is like pronouncing Brunei "Broo-nay" instead of "Broo-nye". It's common and only borderline acceptable. Taoism is undoubtedly the correct spelling, and Daoism should not be on this quiz. On most other JetPunk quizzes it's spelled Taoism, and JetPunk should stay consistent with that.
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2018
First of all, your analogy doesn't make sense. If you believe that Taoism is the correct spelling but "dow-izm" is the correct pronunciation, then writing Daoism would be like spelling Brunei "Broonye."

Secondly, the spelling Taoism is based on the old Wade-Giles romanization system, which rendered the character 道 as "tao." However, Wade-Giles is generally being phased out in favor of the more modern Pinyin romanization system. This is why, for example, we now write Chongqing for the city that was once Chungking--the city didn't change its name, we just changed how we represent that name in Latin characters. In Pinyin, 道 is written as "dao."

Taoism may be the spelling you're familiar with, but you can hardly say that it's "undoubtedly correct," or that the "common" spelling with a "D" is unacceptable. Maybe try descending from your high horse and learn to change with the times?
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2014
Raise your hand if you only know Diwali from The Office.
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Level 76
Aug 5, 2017
Sort of raising my hand. I knew if from MY office, not The Office, where many of my co-workers are consultants from India.
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Level 68
Nov 12, 2014
'raising hand'
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Level 44
Nov 12, 2014
Wow. Tough one. 12/20.
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Level 78
Nov 13, 2014
9/20. Agree, although I would have had one more if I could have spelled Dhaka.
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Level 78
Aug 5, 2017
Scored 13 today - it IS possible for this old dog to learn new tricks.
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Level 76
Nov 25, 2016
Diet is a general (English) term, not specific to Japan
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Level 47
Jan 14, 2017
What? It didn't say anything about it being specific to Japan.
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2017
A quiz in English asking for a term that's used in English? My God, whatever next!
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2017
Did you just say "Dong"?
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Level 82
Aug 5, 2017
Yes, the currency of Vietnam is also a slang term for penis. You're welcome, anyone under 12.
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Level 58
Aug 5, 2017
please accept Dusjanbe
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Level 42
Aug 9, 2017
Isn't that just a typo? Why should it be accepted?
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2017
I'm guessing all Japanese politicians must be very healthy if they're on The Diet. *I'll just leave now*...
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Level 49
Aug 6, 2017
Diwali is also known as Deepavali in a large part of India. Could that be an acceptable answer?
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Level 49
Nov 11, 2017
+1. Infact Deepavali is the more proper Sanskrit name. Deepavali literally means a series of earthen lamps, which is what we decorate our homes with at Deepavali (or atleast used to before cheap Chinese lights).
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2018
Spent a minute trying to think of a word in Japanese that started with "D" and could refer to the parliament . . . *facepalm*