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Common Chinese Travel Vocabulary

Do you like traveling?
Have you ever traveled to China? Or thinking of visiting China in future?
If so, I’m sure you will need this article of Chinese travel vocabulary !

Maybe everyone can empathize with this: “Travelers are often faced with unfamiliar situations on the road, from language barriers and unusual foods to strange currencies and cultural taboos.”

When you plan a trip to China, I think you have these three choices:

  • To go with a tour group.

With a package tour you will have the security of knowing that everything has been arranged.But some people don’t enjoy this binding way that is lack of freedom.

  • To have a Chinese tour guide.

In this way, you don’t have to face the challenge of finding your hotel, searching of somewhere to eat, going shopping and so on. But the fee always is high.

  • To travel by yourself

It’s not an easy thing, but I know someone does like this kind of challenge!

In this case, the first thing you should do is to buy a tour guidebook and then learn some Chinese travel idioms.

Chinese travel idioms? 

Yes, it includes many aspects of travel words.

  • Chinese travel idioms of the trip

    Take a taxi in China

 

On your trip in China. Chances are that you will walk or take all kinds of public transport. So you should know the useful expressions about the trips.

 

Here is my passport.这是我的护照。zhè shì wǒ de hù zhào 。
Where is the railway station?火车站在哪里?huǒ chē zhàn zài nǎ lǐ ?
Where is the Currency Exchange?请问货币兑换处在哪里?qǐng wèn huò bì duì huàn chù zài nǎ lǐ ?
Where is the convenience store?便利店在哪里?biàn lì diàn zài nǎ lǐ ?
Where is the bus stop?公交站牌在哪里?gōng jiāo zhàn pái zài nǎ lǐ ?
Where can I get my baggage?我在何处可取得行李?wǒ zài hé chù kě qǔ dé xíng lǐ ?
When is the boarding time?登机时间是什么时候?dēng jī shí jiān shì shí me shí hòu ?
Taxi!计程车!
jì chéng chē !
My car is running out of gas.我的车子快没油了。wǒ de chē zǐ kuài méi yóu le 。
I'd like to rent a car.我想租车。wǒ xiǎng zū chē 。
I want to check these three pieces.我想托运这三件行李。wǒ xiǎng tuō yùn zhè sān jiàn háng lǐ 。
I lost my way.我迷路了。wǒ mí lù le 。
How much is the fare?请问多少钱?qǐng wèn duō shǎo qián ?
Excuse me, but where is the toilet?打扰一下,厕所在哪里?dǎ rǎo yī xià ,cè suǒ zài nǎ lǐ ?
Could you tell me the way to *** Hotel?请问***酒店怎么走?qǐng wèn ***jiǔ diàn zěn me zǒu ?
  • Travel expression of accommodation in China

Upon arrival at the hotel, you’re not sure that you will be greeted by the staff who can speak English. So the basic Chinese of accommodation is necessary to learn.

Good afternoon, is there a vacant room here?下午好,你们还有空房间么?xià wǔ hǎo ,nǐ men hái yǒu kōng fáng jiān me ?
Check in, please.我要办理住宿登记。wǒ yào bàn lǐ zhù xiǔ dēng jì 。
How much is it per night?住一晚多少钱?zhù yī wǎn duō shǎo qián ?
Does it include tax and service charge?这个价钱含税和服务费吗?zhè gè jià qián hán shuì hé fú wù fèi ma ?
Could you give me a discount if I stay for three nights?住三晚有没有折扣?zhù sān wǎn yǒu méi yǒu shé kòu ?
Where is the dining room?餐厅在哪儿?cān tīng zài nǎ ér ?
Do you provide free breakfast?请问提供免费早餐吗?qǐng wèn tí gòng miǎn fèi zǎo cān ma ?
What time can I have breakfast?早餐几点开始供应?zǎo cān jǐ diǎn kāi shǐ gòng yīng ?
When is check-out time?何时需退房?hé shí xū tuì fáng ?
I left the key in my room. Could you open the door for me?我把钥匙留在房间里了,你能不能帮我开门?wǒ bǎ yào shí liú zài fáng jiān lǐ le ,nǐ néng bú néng bāng wǒ kāi mén ?
Is there hot water in my room?我房间里有热水吗?wǒ fáng jiān lǐ yǒu rè shuǐ ma ?
Could you keep my valuables in the safe?帮我把贵重物品放在保险箱好吗?
Can I get online in my room?房间里可以上网吗?fáng jiān lǐ kě yǐ shàng wǎng ma ?
Can I pay by credit card?是否能以信用卡付账?shì fǒu néng yǐ xìn yòng kǎ fù zhàng ?
I'd like to check out. My bill, please.我要退房。请给我账单。wǒ yào tuì fáng 。qǐng gěi wǒ zhàng dān 。
  • Chinese travel Vocabulary of shopping

Is there a department store around here?附近哪有百货商店?fù jìn nǎ yǒu bǎi huò shāng diàn ?
Where is a clothing store?哪里有服装店?nǎ lǐ yǒu fú zhuāng diàn ?
Where can I buy a roll of film?在哪能买到胶卷?zài nǎ néng mǎi dào jiāo juàn ?
I’m just looking. Thank you.随便看看,谢谢。suí biàn kàn kàn ,xiè xiè 。
Is there a duty-free shop?这有免税店吗?zhè yǒu miǎn shuì diàn ma ?
Where's the gift shop?礼品店在哪里?lǐ pǐn diàn zài nǎ lǐ ?
I’d like to buy a gift for my friend, can you help me?我想给朋友买个礼物, 你能帮帮我吗?wǒ xiǎng gěi péng yǒu mǎi gè lǐ wù , nǐ néng bāng bāng wǒ ma ?
Can I try this on?我可以试穿吗?wǒ kě yǐ shì chuān ma ?
The dress is too small for me.这件衣服我穿太小了。zhè jiàn yī fú wǒ chuān tài xiǎo le 。
It doesn’t fit, I need a larger size.这个不适合,我需要大一些的尺寸。zhè gè bú shì hé ,wǒ xū yào dà yī xiē de chǐ cùn 。
How much?多少钱?duō shǎo qián ?
No, it’s too expensive.不,太贵啦。bú ,tài guì lā 。
Can I get a little discount?我能得到些折扣吗?wǒ néng dé dào xiē shé kòu ma ?
I’ll take this.我要这个。wǒ yào zhè gè 。
Can you wrap it as a gift?你能把它作为礼物包装吗?nǐ néng bǎ tā zuò wéi lǐ wù bāo zhuāng ma ?
Could you change it for a new one?能给我换个新的吗?néng gěi wǒ huàn gè xīn de ma ?
Can I have a receipt, please.能给我张发票吗?néng gěi wǒ zhāng fā piào ma ?
  • Travel phrases of eating in Chinese

Is there a good restaurant nearby?请问附近有没有不错的餐厅?qǐng wèn fù jìn yǒu méi yǒu bú cuò de cān tīng ?
Do you have a menu in English?有英文菜单吗?yǒu yīng wén cài dān ma ?
May I order,please?我可以点餐了吗?wǒ kě yǐ diǎn cān le ma ?
I'm allergic to seafood.我对海鲜过敏。wǒ duì hǎi xiān guò mǐn 。
I do not eat spicy food.我不吃辣的食物。wǒ bú chī là de shí wù 。
Please give me a black coffee.请来杯浓咖啡。qǐng lái bēi nóng kā fēi 。
What specialty do you have, and could you introduce it to me?你们有什么特色菜,可以给我介绍一下吗?nǐ men yǒu shí me tè sè cài ,kě yǐ gěi wǒ jiè shào yī xià ma ?
Could you please pack them up for me?您能帮我把这些打包带走么?nín néng bāng wǒ bǎ zhè xiē dǎ bāo dài zǒu me ?
Could I get a napkin, please?可以给我一张餐巾纸吗?kě yǐ gěi wǒ yī zhāng cān jīn zhǐ ma ?
Will you give me some water?你能给我些水吗?nǐ néng gěi wǒ xiē shuǐ ma ?
Give me a fork, please.请给我一把叉子。qǐng gěi wǒ yī bǎ chā zǐ 。
Could you give me some pepper powder?您能给我些胡椒粉吗?nín néng gěi wǒ xiē hú jiāo fěn ma ?
Where’s the bathroom?厕所在哪里?cè suǒ zài nǎ lǐ ?
Waiter, how much is the total?服务员,总共多少钱?fú wù yuán ,zǒng gòng duō shǎo qián ?
May I have some change?能帮我换些零钱吗?néng bāng wǒ huàn xiē líng qián ma ?

Lastly, I want to show some warning signs you should know:

1.禁止吸烟

No Smoking 

2.请勿拍照

No Photos 

3.游人止步

No Visitors    

4.禁止入内

No Entry No

5.有毒!

Poison!

6.闲人免进

Admittance 

7.禁止触碰

Hands Off

8.保持安静

Keep Silence

9.紧急求救信号

SOS 

10.小心轻放

Handle with care

11.停车处

Parking

12.此路不通

Shut

13.油漆未干

Wet Paint

14.危险!

Danger!

15.免费入场

Admission Free

16.失物招领处

Lost and Found

17.谨防扒手

Beware of Pickpocket

18.意见箱

Complaint Box

19.易碎!

Fragile!

20.节约能源

Save Energy

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