Directions in Chinese

China is a big place, and if you plan on visiting it, you better be able find your way around. The Chinese people are very helpful when it comes to offering directions, but it won't do much good if you can't understand what they're saying. Being able to ask and receive directions in Chinese is one of the first things you'll want to learn if you plan on spending any time in China. Below we'll explore the Chinese phrases, questions and vocabularly that will help you find your way around on your next trip to China. Click on any blue button to hear a phrase, then repeat the phrase out load.
English
Chinese
Where is _____?
哪里? (simplified)
哪裡? (traditional)
_____(zài) nǎli?/_____(zài) nǎ er? (pinyin)
Excuse me is _____ far?
请问 _____ 远不远
請問 _____ 遠不遠
Qǐngwèn _____ yuǎn bù yuǎn
Excuse me, how do I get to _______?
请问, _____ 怎么走
請問, _____ 怎麼走
Qǐng wèn, _____ zěn me zǒu?
Turn right
右边转弯
右邊轉彎
yòu biān zhuǎn wān
Turn left
左边转弯
左邊轉彎
zuǒ biān zhuǎn wān
Go forward
往前走
往前走
Wǎng qián zǒu
Go to the right
往右走
往右走
Wǎng yòu zǒu
Go left
往左走
往左走
Wǎng zuǒ zǒu
Go back
往回走
往回走
Wǎng huí zǒu
Where is the bathroom?
厕所在哪儿
廁所在哪兒
Cèsǔo zài nǎ'er?
It's there
在那里
在那裡
Zài nǎlǐ
Where is ...?
厕所 在 ...?
廁所 在 ...?
Cèsǔo zài ...?
... the city
城市
城市
chéngshì
...the market
市场
市場
shìchǎng
...downtown
市中心
市中心
shì zhōngxīn
... the store (a shop)
商店
商店
shāngdiàn
...restaurant
饭店
飯店
fàndiàn
...the pharmacy
药店
药店
yàodiàn
...grocery market
超级市场
超級市場
chāojí shìchǎng
...the ATM
自动取款机
自動取款機
zìdòng qǔkuǎn jī
...the airport
机场
機場
jīchǎng
...the hospital
医院
醫院
yīyuàn
...the post office
邮局
郵局
yóujú
Straight
一直
一直
yìzhí
At the beginning of _____
在 _____ 头
在 _____ 頭
zài _____ tóu
At the end of _____
在 _____ 尾
在 _____ 尾
zài _____ wěi
To the west
往西
往西
wǎngxī
To the east
往东
往東
wǎngdōng
To the north
往北
往北
wǎngběi
To the south
往南
往南
wǎngnán
Around the corner
在拐角处
在拐角處
zài guǎijiǎo chù
The street after the next
第二条街
第二条街
dìèrtiáo jiē
In front of
在前边
在前邊
zài qiánbiān
Next to _____
在 _____ 隔壁
在 _____ 隔壁
zài gébì _____
Follow _____
沿着 _____ 走
沿著 _____ 走
yánzhe _____ zǒu