I was thinking today that Chinese don't seem to name things after people. I was reading an article about some little island that the Russians are returning to China. The Chinese name for it was Heishanzi dao, so literally black sand island. The Russian name looked like it was named after someone which would be normal in Western tradition.
Chinese nomenclature in general is kind of interesting. What first struck me when looking at the name of the island was the simplicity of the name. Similar name related thoughts have struck me many times in past (particularly with regards to animals that are not native to China where most seemed to be called a type of deer, elephant, or fish). It would be interesting to know the background of English animal words such as giraffe, ostrich, or kangaroo. I suspect that they are all corruptions of local languages where the animals are native. Chinese does not seem to have traditionally borrowed in this manner.
Back to the naming of geographies and the like. I was trying to think of a single Chinese natural feature in China that is named after someone (kind of like Pike's Peak or Mount McKinley etc.) and couldn't think of any. Likewise buildings and even companies also don't seem to often be named after people. Has to do with the individual's place within society I guess. I may be completely wrong about this and just be unaware of the the names of lots of places. If anyone knows of any named after people please let me know.