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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.

兰州 Lánzhōu Lanzhou (Lanchow)
拉萨 Lāsā Lhasa
辽宁 Líaoníng Liaoning
洛阳 Lùoyáng Luoyang (Loyang)
蒙古 Ménggǔ Mongolia
南昌 Nánchāng Nanchang
南京 Nánjīng Nanjing
南宁 Nánnīng Nanning
宁波 Níngbō Ningbo (Ningpo)
宁破 Níngpo Ningpo
宁夏 Níngxìa Ningxia (Ningsia)
浦东 Pǔdōng Pudong, an important enterprise/business district east of the Huangpu River in Shanghai
青岛 Qīngdăo Qingdao (Tsingtao)
青海 Qīnghăi Qinghai (Tsinghai)
秦淮河 Qínhuái Hé Qinhuai River
秦皇岛 Qínhúangdăo Qinhuangdao (Chinhuangtao)
屈原 Qū Yuán Qu Yuan
曲阜 Qŭfù Qufu (Chufu)
人民剧场 Rénmín Jùchăng People’s Theater
山东 Shāndōng Shandong (Shantung)
上海 Shànghăi Shanghai
汕头 Shànghăi Shanghai
汕头 Shàntóu Shantou (Swatow)
陕西 Shănxī Shanxi (Shensi)
沈阳 Shěnyáng Shenyang (Mukden)
深圳 Shēnzhèn Shenzhen (Shumchun)
石家庄 Shíjiāzhūang Shijiazhuang (Shihchiachuang)
四川 Sichuān Sichuan (Szechuan)
苏州 Sūzhōu Suzhou (Soochow)
台北 Táibĕi Taibei (Taipei)
台南 Táinán Tainan
台湾 Táiwān Taiwan
太原 Tàiyúan Taiyuan
台中 Táizhōng Taizhong (Taichung)
天安门广场 Tiān'ānmén Guǎngchǎng Tiananmen Square
天津 Tiānjin Tianjin (Tientsin)
吐鲁番 Túlŭfān Turfan; Turpan
温州 Wēnzhōu Wenzhou (major coastal city in Zhejiang province)
武汉 Wǔhàn Wuhan
乌鲁木齐 Wūlŭmùqí Urumchi
无锡 Wúxī Wuxi (Wuhsi, Wusih)
西安 Xī’ān Xi’an
厦门 Xiàmén Xiamen (Amoy)
香港 Xiānggăng Hong Kong
西宁 Xīníng Xining (Hsining)
新疆 Xīnjīang Xinjiang (Sinkiang)
西藏 Xīzàng Tibet
玄武湖 Xuánwǔ Hú Lake Xuanwu (a lake in Nanjing)
延安 Yán’ān Yanan (Yenan)
烟台 Yāndái Yandai (Cheefoo; Yentai)

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