If you want to travel by air in China, you need to know what to say at the airport in Chinese. The Rocket Chinese team is here to help! After this free audio lesson you’ll know plenty of Mandarin Chinese words and phrases that will make your journey more fun and enjoyable.
Would you prefer a window seat? Wondering if you’ll get a meal on the flight? Need to ask what time you should be at the gate? We’ve got it covered. Stick with us and traveling by plane in China will be a whole lot easier!
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Let’s start with the basics. Simply click on the link below and don’t forget to repeat the words yourself so that you become comfortable forming the sounds.
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Now, here are the important questions that you will need when checking in at the counter "guì tái (柜台)". Listen to each word and its English translation and repeat the words aloud.
When do I have to be at the boarding gate?
How long is the flight?
How long is the stopover?
Will you be serving hot meals?
Is the flight busy?
Do I need a visa?
How long is the visa valid for?
How many pieces of luggage can I take?
Some people prefer window seats, some want to sit close to the aisle. I always ask for a window seat, that way I can get a first impression of the city we are going to land in, from above. Whichever one you prefer, here are the Chinese words for it…
I would like to have a window seat, please.
I would like to have an aisle seat, please
Here are some possible answers you might get…
You have to be at the gate 15 minutes prior to departure.
Unfortunately, we don't have any window seats left.
You don't need a visa.
We'll serve cold drinks and dinner.
You can only take one piece of hand luggage.
Your luggage is too heavy.
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