Daily Chinese When You Travel to China

Greeting in Chinese
When travelling in China, learning some simple words or sentences about how to greeting in Chinese will let you China tour more joyful.

When you are looking for a destination or a hotel in China, opening with “Ni Hao” and then you may get help from locals. Besides, there are many interesting short sentences can help you to go smoothly during your China experience.

The following form lists some daily frequent used Chinese greeting sentences for your reference:
Sentences for beginning a talk
English Greetings
Chinese Greetings
Chinese Characters
Hi
Ni Hao
你好
Good morning
Zao Shang Hao
早上好/早
Good afternoon
Xia Wu Hao
下午好/午安
Good evening
Wan Shang Hao
晚上好
Note: in Chinese, “hi” can be understood by most Chinese, so it is a multi-functional word to begin a talk such as asking road or some helps.

Sentences for beginning friends’ talks
English Greetings
Chinese Greetings
Chinese Characters
Hi
Ni Hao
你好
How are you
Ni Hao Ma
你好吗
Welcome to China
Huan Ying Lai Zhong Guo
欢迎来中国
Hey! Friends!
Hai! Peng You!
嗨!朋友!
Long time no see
Hao Jiu Bu Jian
好久不见
Notes:
When you have friends in China, you can use about sentences to begin your talking.
“Long time no see” is used for greeting to the person who has already been your friend for a long time.

Sentences for using in some normal situation:
English Greetings
Chinese Greetings
Chinese Characters
Excuse me
Da Rao Yi Xia/Jie Guo
打扰一下/借过
Thank you
Xie Xie
谢谢
You’re welcome
Bu Yong Xie
不用谢
Sorry
Bu Hao Yi Si/Dui Bu Qi
不好意思/对不起
See you/Good bye
Zai Jian
再见
No
Bu Yao
不要
Notes:
The above sentences can be widely used during so many situations, such as
When you want to walk through the crowded people, you can say “Jie Guo (借过)”
When you step or interrupt others unconsciously, you can say “Bu Hao Yi Si (不好意思)”
When you are push to do something you dislike, you can say “Bu Yao (不要)”

A special sentence for greeting friends in China – Ni Chi Le Ma
Ni Chi Le Ma
Chinese characters: 你吃了吗
In English: Do you have the meal

“Ni Chi Le Ma” is a very very traditional greeting between friends in China. This sentence is just like “how are you” in English. No need to have the exact answer, just a way to say hello to neighbours, friends, relatives, or even the vendors who can be seen on every day.