Accommodation in Chinese

If you’re traveling in a Chinese-speaking country and you’ve just arrived in a new place, how do you ask the locals about finding accommodation in Chinese? How do you explain that you’re looking for a good hotel? Perhaps you’re traveling on a budget, in which case you might prefer a youth hostel. After this free audio lesson you’ll know how to ask for suitable accommodation in Mandarin Chinese.

Once you know your options you might need to ask some more questions like “where is?” or “how much?” in Chinese. Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Stick with the Rocket Chinese team and you’ll have your bags unpacked and your feet up in no time!

Pronouncing accommodation in Chinese

Imagine you have just arrived at the International Airport in Beijing. It’s a lovely warm summer evening, but you had a long flight and all you want is a bed to fall into. You follow the signs to "xíng lǐ tí qǔ (行李提取)", baggage claim, to pick up your luggage and stand in line at the "hǎi guān (海关)", customs. After passing through customs you follow the path marked "dǐ dá tīng (抵达厅)", arrival hall.

Now, you need to find a place to stay. Here are some questions you might want to ask at the help desk.

Hotel - Chinese translation

Can you recommend  ...?

Perhaps you prefer other types of accommodation.

Is there… 

Once you have decided where to stay you need to find out how to get there.

Chinese taxi

Although taxi rides are relatively cheap in China, you might still want to get an idea of how much you will be billed before hopping in. On the other hand, public transport is quite convenient in big cities and reasonably fast, so it's a good idea to try them out as well. Here are some important words and phrases for you to remember.

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