12 City Names in Chinese 😂 The Funniest Literal Translations
City Names in Chinese 😅 Funny Chinese Translations
Ready for some hilarious city names in Chinese direct translations?
Chinese to English translations sometimes make little to no sense! Although Chinese is an incredibly logical language to learn we can’t help but enjoy some of the city names in Chinese when translated literally!
Below we look at 12 different city names in Chinese, and what they literally mean when translated character by character.
City Names in Chinese – London
City Names in Chinese – Dublin
City Names in Chinese – Baton Rouge
City Names in Chinese – Kazan
City Names in Chinese – Athens
City Names in Chinese – Bangui
City Names in Chinese – Goa
City Names in Chinese – Seattle
City Names in Chinese – Fez
City Names in Chinese – Nassau
City Names in Chinese – San Marino
City Names in Chinese – YerevanBefore we start, check these place names out in Chinese…
London – 伦敦 lún dūn – Logical Grain Storage.
London, the famous capital of the UK is a large city, so it is only logical that it should have some sort of grain storage.
Dublin – 都柏林 dū bó lín – Entirely Fathers Forest
The capital of Ireland isn’t known for it’s forests, maybe father is keeping it a secret?
Baton Rouge – 巴吞鲁日 – bā tūn lǔ rì – Wish to Swallow Stupid Sun
The state capital of Louisiana in the US, what can you say, it gets hot there and swallowing the sun is as good a solution as any.
Kazan – 喀山- kā shān – Vomiting Mountain
We have to be fair to the Russian city of Kazan.
After all it is the capital and largest city in Tatarstan, 喀 kā doesn’t actually mean to vomit, but it is rather the sound of vomiting.
Athens – 雅典 – yǎdiǎn – Elegant Law
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Bangui – 班吉 – bān jí – Team Lucky
In a previous article on country names in Chinese, we found out that African countries often got… unfortunate translations.
Not so much for Bangui in Central African Republic which is considered team lucky by the Chinese!
Goa – 果阿 – guǒ ā – Fruit Ah!
Yes, we know, Goa is a state in India, and not a city, but there is still something charming about a tropical paradise being named after someone shouting FRUIT!
Seattle – 西雅图 – xīyǎtú – Western Elegant Picture
No wonder so many Chinese people go to Seattle, it is after all, the very image of Western Elegance.
Fes – 菲斯 – fēi sī – Not This
If not this city in Morocco, then what?
Nassau – 拿骚 – ná sāo – Hold a Giant Rope
Not a bad name for the capital of the Bahamas, which used to be a stronghold for pirates back in the day.
San Marino – 圣马力诺 – Shèng mǎ lì nuò – Holy Horse Power Promise
This micro state is only a few hours away from Italy’s famous fast and expensive car manufacturers, horse power promise indeed.
Yerevan – 埃里温 – āi lǐ wēn – Dirt Village Warm
This is very unfair towards the Armenian capital, which is not dusty, nor a village.
It can get warm though!
That’s our list of 12, think you can better any of these with your own?
If you enjoyed this then we think you’ll also love to discover our guide to the country names in Japanese too! Japanese is another fascinating language that actually has many ties to Mandarin… you’d be surprised
Comment below and let us know what your funniest literal City translation is.
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都柏林 means Capital of Cypress Woods
Yes indeed, we’ve gone with the direct literal translation of each character here though Jacky 🙂