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Transportation in Beijing Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Culture, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Getting from point A to point B is a frustrating yet important part of our daily lives. Whether you’re going to class, work, the supermarket, or out with friends, you’re going to have to use some mode of transportation. Living in a massive city like Beijing, there are many forms of transportation available. To help you build your vocabulary related to this topic, here are 15 Chinese words:

A video I made about the Beijing subway a few years ago.

Ok, so now how do you use these words?” you may be asking yourself. Here are some examples of transportation questions and answers, using the vocabulary above:

1. 你怎么去学校?
nǐ zěn me qù xué xiào
How do you go to school?

wǒ qí zì xíng chē qù
I ride a bicycle there.

2. 你是怎么来的?
nǐ shì zěn me lái de
How did you come here?

wǒ shì zuò dì tiě lái de
I took the subway here.

3. 他会开车吗?
tā huì kāi chē ma
Can he drive a car?

tā bú huì kāi chē, suǒ yǐ tā zuò gōng jiāo chē
He can’t drive a car, so he takes the bus.

4. 飞机票多少钱?
fēi jī piào duō shǎo qián
How much is a plane ticket?

sān qiān kuài
3,000 kuai (RMB)

nà tài guì le. zán men zuò huǒ chē ba
That’s too expensive. Let’s take the train.

5. 你为什么很累?
nǐ wèi shén me hěn lèi
Why are you so tired?

因为我的电动车坏了, 所以我跑步来了。
yīn wèi wǒ de diàn dòng chē huài le, suǒ yǐ wǒ pǎo bù lái le
Because my electric bike broke down, so I ran here.


To give you a more visual representation of transportation in the ‘Jing, here are some pictures. The captions are in Chinese, so challenge yourself and try to understand them!







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About the Author: sasha

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.

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