Asian Language School

11 September 2019

How to Say Where to Go in Chinese

Being able to say where you want to go is a basic expression to learn in any language. If you have watched Shanghai Calling, a movie about a group of American people living in Beijing as expats, a simple action of telling a taxi driver your destination can be a tricky task (watch trailer here). In this lesson, we are going to learn how to say where to go in Chinese so that when you travel to China and have to speak in Chinese, you will know what to say.

How to say where to go in Chinese

Travelling from Airport to Hotel

Of course, you can simply show your taxi driver your hotel card with its address on it. If you want to address the taxi driver in Chinese, use the term 师傅 shīfu, and not 先生 xiānsheng which means “mister”.  You may hear this question 要去哪儿?yāo qù nǎr being directed to you, which means “Where do you want to go?” Simply saying the name of the place in Chinese is sufficient. Hotel in Chinese is 酒店 jiǔdiàn. Let’s learn the names of some of the best hotels in Beijing.

English Name Chinese Name Pinyin
Beijing Rosewood Hotel 北京瑰丽酒店 Běijīng Guīlì Jiǔdiàn
The Peninsula Beijing 王府半岛酒店 Wángfǔ Bàndǎo Jiǔdiàn
Waldorf Astoria Beijing 北京华尔道夫酒店 Běijīng Huáěrdàofū Jiǔdiàn
Four Seasons Beijing 北京四季酒店 Běijīng Sìjì Jiǔdiàn
NUO Hotel Beijing 北京诺金酒店 Běijīng Nuòjīn Jiǔdiàn
The Opposite House 瑜舍 Yúshè
Hotel Eclat 北京怡亨酒店 Běijīng Yíhēng Jiǔdiàn
Aman Summer Palace 颐和安缦 Yíhé Ānmàn
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing 北京王府井文华东方酒店 Běijīng Wángfǔjǐng Wénhuá Dōngfāng Jiǔdiàn
PuXuan Hotel and Spa 璞瑄酒店 Púxuān Jiǔdiàn


Travelling to Popular Tourist Destinations

Next, let’s learn how to say the names of popular tourist attractions in Chinese that you may want to go to.

English Name Chinese Name Pinyin
Forbidden City 故宫 Gùgōng
The Summer Palace 颐和园 Yíhéyuán
Badaling Great Wall 八达岭长城 Bādálǐng Chángchéng
Temple of Heaven 天坛 Tiāntán
National Museum of China 中国国家博物馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Bówùguǎn
Beihai Park 北海公园 Běihǎi Gōngyuán
Lama Temple 雍和宫 Yōnghégōng
Wangfujing 王府井 Wángfǔjǐng
Shichahai 什刹海 Shíchàhǎi
Houhai Park 后海公园 Hòuhǎi Gōngyuán


Travelling to Other Places

Lastly, let’s learn how to say names of some other places in Chinese that you may need to go while travelling.

English Chinese Pinyin
airport 机场 jīchǎng
hospital 医院 yīyuàn
bank 银行 yínháng
police station 警察局 jǐngchájú
pharmacy 药店 yàodiàn
mall 商场 shāngchǎng
post office 邮局 yóujú
coffee shop 咖啡店 kāfēidiàn
bar 酒吧 jiǔbā
restaurant 餐厅 cāntīng

Other than telling someone where you want to go, you may also want to ask where someplace is located. For example:

A: 请问,药店在哪儿?
A: Qǐngwèn, yàodiàn zài nǎr?
A: Excuse me, where is the pharmacy?
B: 在二楼。
B: Zài èrlóu.
B: On the second floor.

Useful directional words are listed below.

English Chinese Pinyin
front 前面 qiánmian
back 后面 hòumian
left 左边 zuǒbian
right 右边 yòubian
upstairs 楼上 lóushàng
downstairs 楼下 lóuxià
across 对面 duìmiàn
next to 旁边 pángbiān