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Chinese Summer Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Summer is fast approaching, as children finish up their exams and parents scramble to schedule family vacations and summer camps. For Chinese kids, the learning never stops. While the summer holiday provides a much-needed break from the long days and stacks of homework at their school, there will most certainly be extra classes during the summer months – piano, English, kung fu, and swimming are all popular choices. Of course, there’s also room for some summer fun in between all those lessons. Beach destinations like Qingdao and Xiamen receive tons of domestic visitors throughout the summer, as do the usual tourist hotspots of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Zoos and amusement parks all across the country do their best business over the summer holiday, as families flock there to enjoy a day of fun together.

Qingdao in summertime - "people mountain people sea."

Qingdao in summertime – “people mountain people sea.”

To help you talk about your summer plans in Chinese, here’s some useful summer vocabulary:

Summer Vacation

Fuxian Lake - a great summer place in China.

Fuxian Lake – a great summer place in China.

  • summer (夏天 – xià tiān)

  • summer vacation (暑假 – shǔ jià)

  • vacation (假期 – jià qī)


We love hiking up in the mountains in the summer.

We love hiking up in the mountains in the summer.

  • camping (露营 – lù yíng)

  • cycling (骑自行车 – qí zì xíng chē)

  • fishing (钓鱼 – diào yú)

  • having a picnic (野餐 – yě cān)

  • hiking (爬山 – pá shān)

  • relaxing (休息 – xiū xí)

  • sightseeing (观光 – guān guāng)

  • swimming (游泳 – yóu yǒng)

  • traveling (旅游 – lǚ yóu)


The water park inside of Beijing's Water Cube.

The water park inside of Beijing’s Water Cube.

  • amusement park (游乐园 – yóu lè yuán)

  • beach (海滩 – hǎi tān)

  • lake (湖 – hú)

  • mountains (山区 – shān qū)

  • park (公园 – gōng yuán)

  • swimming pool (游泳池 – yóu yǒng chí)

  • summer camp (夏令营 – xià lìng yíng)

  • water park (水上乐园 – shuǐ shàng lè yuán)


Dressed to impress for the Party Bike.

Dressed to impress for the Party Bike.

  • bathing suit (游泳衣 – yóu yǒng yī)

  • bikini (比基尼 – bǐ jī ní)

  • dress (连衣裙 – lián yī qún)

  • hat (帽子 – mào zi)

  • sandals (凉鞋 – liáng xié)

  • shorts (短裤 – duǎn kù)

  • skirt (裙子 – qún zi)

  • sunglasses (太阳镜 – tài yáng jìng)

  • t-shirt (T恤 – T xù)

Food & Drink

Mmmm... BBQ.

Mmmm… BBQ.

  • BBQ (烧烤 – shāo kǎo)

  • cold beer (冰的啤酒 – bīng de pí jiǔ)

  • ice cream (冰淇淋 – bīng qí lín)

  • iced tea (冰茶 – bīng chá)

  • lemonade (柠檬水 – níng méng shuǐ)

  • watermelon (西瓜 – xī guā)

Practice some of these words and a few others by following along with this YouTube video:


Try using some of these words by answering the following questions:

In the summertime – Where do you like to go? What do you like to do? What clothing do you wear? What things do you like to eat?

夏天的时候 – 你喜欢去哪里?你喜欢做什么?你穿什么衣服?你喜欢吃什么东西?

xià tiān de shí hòu, nǐ xǐ huān qù nǎ lǐ? nǐ xǐ huān zuò shén me? nǐ chuān shén me yī fú? nǐ xǐ huān chī shén me dōng xī?

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Safety vest:

    Wow, it looks so cool!

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