Setting Foot Towards Your Wonderland

In the northern hemisphere, July usually means summer. China is no exception. When the time comes many people put their work aside to start some trips simply because it’s easy to become restless as the temperature rises. Whether it is a cool summer in Beidaihe or the azure sky and blue sea in Kulangsu, it brings exotic feelings and joys that are surely beyond your imagination. Come and join us, the following list of travelling Chinese words and phrases will help you get started to set foot towards this wonderland.

30 must learn high frequency phrases before you set off

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Chinese Pinyin English
旅游 lǚ yóu travel
飞机场 fēi jī chǎnɡ airport
附近 fù jìn around
护照 hù zhào passport
行李箱 xínɡ lǐ xiānɡ suitcase
宾馆 bīn ɡuǎn hotel
地图 dì tú map
火车站 huǒ chē zhàn train station
火车 huǒ chē train
照相机 zhào xiànɡ jī camera
照片 zhào piàn photo
北京 běi jīnɡ Beijing
国家 ɡuó jiā country
天气 tiān qì weather
礼物 lǐ wù gift/present
骑自行车 qí zì xínɡ chē ride a bike
开车 kāi chē drive a car
忘记带地图/照相机…… wànɡ jì dài dì tú / zhào xiànɡ jī … … forget to take the map/camera…
听音乐 tīnɡ yīn yuè listen to music
因为……我不能去……旅游了 yīn wèi … … wǒ bù nénɡ qù … … lǚ yóu le I can’t travel with you because…
打篮球 dǎ lán qiú play basketball
去……旅游 qù … … lǚ yóu go to travel
坐飞机/坐船/坐火车/开车去…… zuò fēi jī / zuò chuán / zuò huǒ chē /kāi chē qù … … go…by plane/ship/train/car
去过…… qù ɡuò … … have ever been to…
打电话 dǎ diàn huà make a telephone call
找/问……在哪里 zhǎo / wèn … … zài nǎ lǐ find/ask where the…is
不知道……怎么走 bù zhī dào … … zěn me zǒu don’t know how to get to the…
给……照相 ɡěi … …zhào xiànɡ take photos for…
看海 kàn hǎi see the sea
机票/火车票/船票 jī piào / huǒ chē piào / chuán piào plane/train/ship tickets
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Railway stations, airports are very important places when are you travelling……

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Chinese Pinyin English
火车票 huǒ chē piào train ticket
机票 jī piào flight ticket
晚点 wǎn diǎn …minutes/hours late
出发 chū fā leave for
公共汽车 ɡōnɡ ɡònɡ qì chē bus
等车 děnɡ chē wait for the bus/train
zhuǎn transfer
火车 huǒ chē train
飞机 fēi jī airplane
方便 fānɡ biàn convenient
地铁 dì tiě subway
zhàn station
车站 chē zhàn bus/train station
护照 hù zhào passport
……号线 … … hào xiàn Line XXX
买火车票 mǎi huǒ chē piào buy train ticket
买机票 mǎi jī piào buy flight ticket
等了好久的车 děnɡ le háo jiǔ de chē wait too long for the bus
哪里转车 nǎ lǐ zhuǎn chē where to transfer the bus
转机 zhuǎn jī change for a connecting flight
几点的火车/飞机 jǐ diǎn de huǒ chē / fēi jī rain/plane time
火车/飞机要晚点…… huǒ chē / fēi jīyào wǎn diǎn … … the train/plane is going to be XX hours/minutes late
我在……下车 wǒ zài … … xià chē I will get off the bus in…
快点上车吧 kuài diǎn shànɡ chē bɑ get on the bus quickly
再等下一班 zài děnɡ xià yì bān wait for another bus
……路公共汽车 … … lù ɡōnɡ ɡònɡ qì chē the No. XX bus
转……号线 zhuǎn … … hào xiàn transfer to Line XX
你到哪站下 nǐ dào nǎ zhàn xià where shall you get off
赶不上车 ɡǎn bú shànɡ chē can’t catch up the bus/train
我在……站下车 wǒ zài … … zhàn xià chē I will get off the bus in…station
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Places you are likely to visit while travelling……

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Chinese Pinyin English
服务员 fú wù yuán waiter
房间 fánɡ jiān room
card
热水 rè shuǐ hot water
洗澡 xǐ zǎo bath
空调 kōnɡ tiáo air-conditioner
服务 fú wù service
满意 mǎn yì satisfied
单人间 dān rén jiān single room
标准间 biāo zhǔn jiān standard room
舒服 shū fu comfortable
行李箱 xínɡ lǐ xiānɡ suitcase
号码 hào mǎ number
身份证 shēn fèn zhènɡ identity card
贵公司 ɡuì ɡōnɡ sī your company
房间号码 fánɡ jiān hào mǎ room number
办银行卡 bàn yín hánɡ kǎ apply for a bank card
没有热水 méi yǒu rè shuǐ no hot water supplied
房间太小了 fánɡ jiān tài xiǎo le the room is too small
你要哪种房间 nǐ yào nǎ zhǒnɡ
fánɡ jiān
which kind of room do you want to order
多少钱一晚 duō shǎo qián yì wǎn how much shall I pay per night
填一张表 tián yì zhānɡ biǎo fill in a form
电梯在那边 diàn tī zài nà biān the lift is over there
房间很干净 fánɡ jiān hěn ɡān jìnɡ the room is clean
您满意吗 nín mǎn yì mɑ are you satisfied with our service
取钱 qǔ qián withdraw money
换钱 huàn qián exchange money
人民币换美元 rén mín bì huàn měi yuán exchange service of RMB to US dollars
这是您的房间 zhè shì nín de fánɡ jiān this is your room
请给我您的身份证 qǐnɡ ɡěi wǒ nín de
shēn fèn zhènɡ
please show me your identity card
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People you might need to have contact with……

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Chinese Pinyin English
师傅 shī fu master
菜单 cài dān menu
jiǔ beer/wine
饭店 fàn diàn restaurant
商店 shānɡ diàn shop
颜色 yán sè color
qián money
wǎn bowl
客人 kè rén guest
宾馆 bīn ɡuǎn hotel
服务员 fú wù yuán waiter
营业员 yínɡ yè yuán shop assistant
适合 shì hé suitable/fit for
司机 sī jī driver
师傅 shī fu master
点菜 diǎn cài order
红酒 hónɡ jiǔ red wine
啤酒 pí jiǔ beer
水果店 shuǐ ɡuǒ diàn fruit store/shop
请给我拿一件…… qǐnɡ ɡěi wǒ ná yí jiàn … … please bring me a …
我想要……颜色的 wǒ xiǎnɡ yào … … yán sè de I want one with the color of…
一碗米饭/面条 yì wǎn mǐ fàn / miàn tiáo a bowl of rice/noodles
出租车司机 chū zū chē sī jī taxi driver
一杯果汁/咖啡 yì bēi ɡuǒ zhī /kā fēi a cup of fruit juice/coffee
买一送一 mǎi yí sònɡ yī two for one
空中服务员 kōnɡ zhōnɡ fú wù yuán Flight Attendant
一块蛋糕/面包 yí kuài dàn ɡāo / miàn bāo a piece of cake/bread
打扫房间 dǎ sǎo fánɡ jiān clean up the room
一共多少钱? yí ɡònɡ duō shǎo qián ? how much altogether?
请你到……接我 qǐnɡ nǐ dào … … jiē wǒ please pick me up in the…

Travelling is amazing, especially when you can talk to people that you have just met in fluent Chinese during your trip. You’ll also cherish the moments and people you encounter during your travel.

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Congcong Yu

She is a professional Mandarin Chinese teacher who has been teaching for more than 12 years both at home and abroad. She loves reading and she loves cats a lot. As the chief content editor at Hansheng Info-Tech here in Shanghai, she`s working with her team to help people learn Chinese well. Their main products are Hello HSK Apps.