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Chinese Place Names





China is a vast country and given how the language is written, figuring out what is what can be difficult. So the following list of place names should be very helpful. The English includes the current pinyin name, and the older name in parenthesis, plus descriptions for some places. The Chinese characters are given in simplified form.

安徽 Ānhūi Anhui (Anhwei)
澳门 Àomén Macau
北戴河 Bĕidàihé Beidaihe (Peitaiho)
北海公园 Běihăi Gōngyuán Beihai Park
北京 Bĕijīng Beijing
长城 Chángchéng Great Wall
长春 Chángchūn Changchun (capital city of Jilin)
长江 Chángjiāng Yangtze River
长沙 Chángshā Changsha
承德 Chéngdé Chengde
成都 Chéngdū Chengdu (provincial capital of Sichuan)
重庆 Chóngqìng Chongqing (Chungking)
大连 Dàlían Dalian (Dairen)
大同 Dàtóng Datong (Tatung)
东江 Dōngjiāng East River (tributary of the Pearl River)
敦煌 Dūnhúang Dunhuang (Tunhuang)
福建 Fújiàn Fujian (Fukien)
福州 Fúzhōu Fuzhou (Foochow) (provincial capital of Fujian)
甘肃 Gānsù Gansu (Kansu)
高雄 Gāoxióng Gaoxiong (Kaohsiung, in Taiwan)
广东 Guǎngdōng Guangdong
广西 Guǎngxī Guangxi
广州 Guǎngzhōu Guangzhou
桂林 Guìlín Guilin (Kweilin)
贵阳 Guìyáng Guiyang (Kweiyang)
贵州 Guìzhōu Guizhou (a province in southern China)
哈尔滨 Hāĕrbīn Haerbin (Harbin)
海口 Hăikŏu Haikou (Haikow)
海南 Hăinán Hainan (an island province off the coast of southern China)
杭州 Hángzhōu Hangzhou (Hangchow)
汉口 Hànkŏu Hankou (Hankow)
合肥 Hébĕi Hebei (Hopeh)
河北 Hĕbĕi Hebei (Hopei)
黑龙江 Hēilóngjīang Heilongjiang (Amur River)
河南 Hénán Henan (Honan)
黄江 Huángjiāng Yellow River
华清池 Huáqīng Chí Huaqing Springs (a famous hot spring close to Xi’an)
湖北 Hǔbēi Hubei (Hupei)
湖南 Húnán Hunan
江苏 Jiāngsū Jiangsu (Kiangsu)
江西 Jiāngxī Jiangxi (Kianghsi)
吉林 Jílín Jilin (Kirin)
基隆 Jīlóng Jilong (Keelung)
济南 Jĭnán Jinan (Tsinan)
金门 Jīnmén Jinmen (Quemoy; Kinmen)
金山岭 Jīnshānlĭng Mount Jinshan
九龙 Jiǔlóng Kowloon
开封 Kāifēng Kaifeng
喀什 Kāshí Kashi (Kashgar)
昆明 Kūnmíng Kunming

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