Signs in Chinese

You can avoid potential embarrassment and frustration if you understand these important signs in Chinese. The Rocket Chinese team wants to ensure you never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot!
 
Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Mandarin Chinese word or phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Chinese pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to ask if something is open or closed, or more importantly, on sale!

Pronouncing signs in Chinese

What does the sign on the door of the restroom say? What does 营业中mean? You are about to find out…

Female

nán

Male

To pull

tuī

To push

营业中

yíngyèzhōng

Open

停业中

tíngyèzhōng

Closed

营业时间

yíngyè shíjiān

The opening hours

请勿停车

qǐngwù tíngchē

No parking

Toliet signs in Chinese

When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…

最佳日期

zuìjiārìqī

The best before date

在……前使用最佳。

Zài……qián shǐyòng zuìjiā。

Best consumed before......

Most restaurants have a smoking and a non-smoking area. Nowadays, first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai are beginning to ban smoking in restaurants and public areas altogether. So it is very helpful to learn what “Qǐngwù xīyān(请勿吸烟)” means.

吸烟区

xīyānqū

The smoking area

无烟区

wúyānqū

The non-smoking area

请勿吸烟

Qǐngwù xīyān

No smoking!

Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…

季末大甩价

jìmò dàshuǎijià

The end of season sale

减价

jiǎnjià

Price reductions

便宜货

piányihuò

Bargains

For more lessons on Chinese vocabulary I recommend these!

Xià cì jiàn! (下次见!)

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