Traveling by taxi in China can be an efficient and convenient way to get around, especially in bustling cities. Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, having a grasp of basic taxi-related vocabulary is essential for a smooth and successful ride. In this post, we’ll equipyou with the language tools to hail a taxi, communicate with the driver, and reach your destination confidently.
Hailing a Taxi in Mandarin Chinese:
**a) 司机，你好！(Sījī, nǐ hǎo!) – Driver, hello!**
Catch the driver’s attention and initiate communication.
**b) 停一下，我要搭车。(Tíng yīxià, wǒ yào dā chē.) – Please stop, I want to take a taxi.**
Ask the driver to stop if you see an available taxi.
Giving Directions in Mandarin Chinese:
**a) 请送我去… (Qǐng sòng wǒ qù…) – Please take me to…**
Specify your destination to the driver.
**b) 这是地址。(Zhè shì dìzhǐ.) – This is the address.**
Hand the driver a written address for clarity.
**c) 左转 (Zuǒ zhuǎn) – Turn left**
**右转 (Yòu zhuǎn) – Turn right**
**直走 (Zhí zǒu) – Go straight**
Offer simple navigation instructions.
3. Inquiring About Fare:
**a) 请问，多少钱？(Qǐngwèn, duōshǎo qián?) – Excuse me, how much is the fare?**
Inquire about the estimated fare before starting the ride.
**b) 打表，好吗？(Dǎ biǎo, hǎo ma?) – Please use the meter, okay?**
Request the driver to use the taxi meter.
4. Safety and Communication:
**a) 请慢点开。(Qǐng màn diǎn kāi.) – Please drive slowly.**
Express concern for a safe and comfortable ride.
**b) 前面请停。(Qiánmiàn qǐng tíng.) – Please stop ahead.**
Request a brief stop.
**5. Paying and Farewell:**
**a) 这是钱。(Zhè shì qián.) – Here is the money.**
Hand the fare to the driver upon reaching your destination.
**b) 谢谢，再见！(Xièxiè, zàijiàn!) – Thank you, goodbye!**
Express gratitude and bid farewell to the driver.
Taxi Apps in China:
Apps like DiDi Chūxíng 滴滴出行 and Měituán Dǎchē 美团打车 are the most commonly used taxi apps in China, allowing you to navigate between cities effortlessly.
Download and register these apps, provide necessary information, link your payment method, and you’re ready to start using them. You can either book a taxi in advance or hail one instantly, making your travels convenient and efficient.
a) 紧急停车！(Jǐnjí tíngchē!) – Emergency Stop!
b) 报警！(Bàojǐng!) – Call the Police!
c) 我需要帮助！(Wǒ xūyào bāngzhù!) – I need help!
d) 帮我联系… (Bāng wǒ liánxì…) – Help me contact…
e) 我迷路了。(Wǒ mílù le.) – I’m lost.
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