Qu Shui Ting – Delightful Water Street

Qu Shui Ting – Delightful Water Street

Qù Shuǐ Tíng is lined with water features

This picturesque street is famous for its ponds, canals, willows and ancient buildings. It is like stepping back in time. I explored the area on a sunny Saturday. It was an abundance of families, performances and food carts. Many of the activities were sponsored by local businesses. With so many people, and almost no foreigners, this was a great opportunity to practice Mandarin.

Micro-lesson

Here is a common exchange, when meeting people in China.

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
你好!Ní hǎo! Hi!
你好。你是哪国人?Ní hǎo. Nǐ shì nǎ guórén?Hi. What country are you from?
我是美国人。你呢?Wǒ shì měiguó rén. Nǐ ne?I am American. What about you?
我当然是中国人。Wǒ dāngrán shì zhōngguó rén.I am Chinese of course.

Vocabulary

Chinese Pinyin English
曲水亭Qù Shuǐ TíngA walking street in Jinan
bend/crooked
shuǐwater
tíngstop
你好Ní hǎohi
you
shìis/am/are
which
guó country
国人guórénnationality
me
美国měiguóAmerica
你呢Nǐ nehow about you
当然dāngránof course
中国zhōngguóChinese