Directions in Chinese

Directions in Chinese

Fair to say your first challenge in China is going to be directions in Chinese. Where is the shop? Where is the restaurant? Why on Earth did I leave the comforts of home?

All good questions

Well, we can’t help you answer the existential questions but maybe we can get you to the local cafe.

Left in Chinese
Right in Chinese
Go straight in Chinese
Go back in Chinese
Up in Chinese
Down in Chinese
Over in Chinese
Through in Chinese
Go back in Chinese

Go past in Chinese
Stop in Chinese
North in Chinese
East in Chinese
South in Chinese
West in Chinese
Across in Chinese
Next to in Chinese
Traffic lights in Chinese

Let’s start with the simple left and right in Chinese.

Left in Chinese

“Left”
zuǒ biān
左边

Right in Chinese

“Right”
yòu biān
右边

Straight in Chinese

“Go straight” 
zhí zǒu
直走

Backwards in Chinese

“Go backwards”
xiàng hòu zǒu
向后走

Great so you’re turning right and left in Chinese! Now let’s get a little more specific with going up and down in Chinese.

Up in Chinese

“Up”
xiàng shàng
向上
“Go up the stairs”
shàng lóu tī 上楼梯

Down in Chinese

“Down”
xiàng xià
向下
“Go down the escalators”

xià diàn tī 下电梯

Over in Chinese

“Over” 
guò

“Go over the bridge”

guò qiáo 过桥

Through in Chinese

“Through”
tōng guò
通过
“Go through the park”

tōng guò gong yuan 通过公园

Arriving at your destination? Might help to be able to tell the driver to stop in Chinese.

Try these helpful phrases.

Go back in Chinese

“Go back”
huí qù
回 去

“Go back to the restaurant”
huí dào cān tīng qù
回到餐厅去

Go past in Chinese

“Go past”
lù guò
路过

“Go past the police station”
lù guò jǐng chá jú
路过警察局

Stop in
Chinese

“Stop “
 tíng

“Please stop here”
qǐng tíng zài zhè lǐ
请停在这里

Camping on the Great Wall? Make sure you know North and South in Chinese.

京 jīng in Chinese means capital city. Add these to North, East and South and see what happens 😉

North in Chinese

“North”
běi

East in Chinese

“East”
dōng

South in Chinese

“South” 
nán

West in Chinese

“West”

西

Did you spot it?
• Beijing
• Dongjing
• Nanjing

Xi’an doesn’t have Jing included in the name but as a stand-alone character means safety or peace. Once being the capital of China it was a relatively safe place for merchants to come and trade goods within the city walls.

Travelling to Beijing? Get away from the tourist traps with these hidden gems.

Across in Chinese

“Across”
chuān guò
穿过

“Go across the road”
chuān guò mǎ lù
穿过马路

Next to in Chinese

“Next to”
páng biān
旁边

“The apartment is next to the train station”
gōngyù zài huǒchē zhàn pángbiān
公寓在火车站旁边

Traffic lights in
Chinese

“Traffic lights “
hóng lǜ dēng
红绿灯

“At the traffic light turn right”
zài hóng lǜ dēng wáng yòu guǎi
在红绿灯往右拐

Helpful sentences for directions in Chinese

“Could you help me?” Nǐ néng bang wǒ ma 你 能 帮 我吗 ?
“Excuse me, where is ___?” Duì bu qǐ, qǐng wèn zài nǎ 对不起, 请问在哪
“Where am I on this map?” Wǒ zài dì tú shàng de shén me dì fang 我在地图上的什么地方

Before we end directions in Chinese, you might need to know buildings in Chinese?!

House in Chinese
Apartment in Chinese
Airport in Chinese
Train station in Chinese
Restaurant in Chinese
Supermarket in Chinese
Hospital in Chinese
Library in Chinese
Cinema in Chinese
Park in Chinese
Police in Chinese
School in Chinese
Street in Chinese
Tunnel in Chinese
Bridge in Chinese

Buildings in Chinese

House in Chinese

 

“House”
fáng zi
房 子

Apartment in Chinese

 

“Apartment”
gōng yù
公寓

Airport in Chinese

 

“Airport” 
jī chǎng
机场

Train station in Chinese

“Train station”
huǒ chē zhàn
火车站

How Big is China – Size Matters

Restaurant in Chinese

“Restaurant”
cān tīng
餐厅

Supermarket in Chinese

“Supermarket”
chāo shì
超市

Hospital in Chinese

“Hospital” 
yī yuàn
医院

Library in Chinese

“Library”
tú shū guǎn
图书馆

Cinema in Chinese

 

“Cinema”
diàn yǐng yuàn
电影院

Park in Chinese

 

“Park”
gōng yuán
公园

Police Station in Chinese


“Police Station” 

pài chū suǒ
派出所

School in Chinese

 

“School”
xué xiào
学校

Street in Chinese

“Street”
jiē dào
街 道

“Cross the street”
guò mǎ lù
过马路

Tunnel to in Chinese

“Tunnel”
suì dào
隧道

“Walk through the tunnel”
chuān guò suì dào
穿过隧道

Bridge in
Chinese

“Bridge”
 qiáo

“Turn right and cross the bridge”
yòu guǎi guò qiáo
右拐过桥

Well done on reading all the directions in Chinese, you’ll be running around China with no problems! If you’re interested in more spoken Chinese check out our Spoken Chinese Classes.

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