Exploring Chinese-speaking regions can be quite an adventure, but if you want to be sure to see everything on your list, you need to know how to ask for directions and be able to understand the directions you are given. After all, if you don't know how to understand what you're told, you might miss the very things you hoped to see.
The first thing you need to know is how to ask for directions. We're going to share frequently used Chinese words and phrases.
1 前qián (in front of)
2 边biān (side)
3 东dōng (east)
4 附近fùjìn (nearby)
旁边pángbiān (next to)
5 在zài (in/on/at)
Here are some sentences that might come in handy when you need directions.
Shànghǎi zài Běijīng de nánbiān.
（Shanghai is south of Beijing.)
Guǎngzhōu zài Xiānggǎng de běibiān.
（Guangzhou is north of Hong Kong. )
Fùjìn yǒu chāoshì ma？
(Is there a supermarket nearby?)
Chāoshì zài yínháng de zuǒbiān.
（The supermarket is on the left of the bank.)
Yínháng zài Měihé Hànyǔ de yòubiān.
（The bank is on the right side of Mandarin House.)
Qiān lǐ zhī xíng，shǐ yú zú xià.
Every thousand mile journey begins with one step.
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