Finding Your Way: Useful Phrases for Using Maps

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Navigating in China is made easier with map applications like Baidu Maps (百度地图) and Amap (高德地图). Whether you're on foot, driving, or using public transportation, these useful phrases will help you get to your destination smoothly.

Asking for Directions

  1. Excuse me, how do I get to the subway station?

    请问,去地铁站怎么走?
    
Qǐngwèn, qù dìtiě zhàn zěnme zǒu?
  2. Is this the right way to the train station?

    这是去火车站的正确路线吗?

    Zhè shì qù huǒchē zhàn de zhèngquè lùxiàn ma?
  3. Can you show me on the map?

    你能在地图上给我指一下吗?

    Nǐ néng zài dìtú shàng gěi wǒ zhǐ yīxià ma?

Getting Directions

Using Public Transportation
These phrases will help you navigate buses and subways.


  1. Which bus should I take to get to the museum?

    我要去博物馆应该坐哪路公交车?

    Wǒ yào qù bówùguǎn yīnggāi zuò nǎ lù gōngjiāo chē?

  2. How many stops are there to the airport?

    到机场有几站?

    Dào jīchǎng yǒu jǐ zhàn?
  3. Is there a direct subway to the city center?
    有直达市中心的地铁吗?
    Yǒu zhídá shì zhōngxīn de dìtiě ma?

Walking Directions

When you're exploring the city on foot, these phrases come in handy.

  1. How far is the nearest coffee shop?

    最近的咖啡店有多远?

    Zuìjìn de kāfēi diàn yǒu duō yuǎn?
  2. Can I walk to the park from here?

    我能从这里走到公园吗?
    
Wǒ néng cóng zhèlǐ zǒu dào gōngyuán ma?
  3. Is it safe to walk around here at night?
    晚上在这里走安全吗?
    Wǎnshàng zài zhèlǐ zǒu ānquán ma?

Specific Situations

In Case of Getting Lost
Use these phrases when you find yourself lost and need help.


  1. I think I'm lost. Can you help me?

    我好像迷路了。你能帮帮我吗?

    Wǒ hǎoxiàng mílù le. Nǐ néng bāngbāng wǒ ma?

  2. I can't find this address.

    我找不到这个地址。

    Wǒ zhǎo bù dào zhège dìzhǐ.

  3. Is there a landmark nearby?
    附近有地标吗?
    Fùjìn yǒu dìbiāo ma?

Additional Situations

Finding Specific Facilities
These phrases help when you need to locate specific facilities.


  1. Is there a restroom nearby?
    
附近有洗手间吗?
    
Fùjìn yǒu xǐshǒujiān ma?

  2. Where can I find a pharmacy?

    哪里有药店?

    Nǎlǐ yǒu yàodiàn?

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