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City Vocabulary: Shànghǎi

Shanghai is an enormous and fabulous city, and it is its own administrative division of China - It isn’t part of any province. So this list is pretty long, and there’s still plenty of stuff that didn’t make it on for the sake of space. But it’s a start, and hopefully it can provide you with a good introduction to one of my favorite cities in the world! (You can find my other city vocabulary lists here. Feel free to request a city for me to do next!)

上海 - shànghǎi - Shanghai

Districts

  • 宝山区 – bǎo shān qū – Baoshan District
  • 长宁区 – cháng níng qū – Changning District
  • 崇明县 – chóng míng xiàn – Chongming County (not exactly a “district” I guess, but still a part of Shanghai)
  • 奉贤区 – fèng xián qū – Fengxian District
  • 虹口区 – hóng kǒu qū – Hongkou District
  • 黄浦区 – huáng pǔ qū – Huangpu District
  • 嘉定区 – jiā dìng qū – Jiading District
  • 静安区 – jìng ān qū – Jing’an District
  • 金山区 – jīn shān qū – Jinshan District
  • 闵行区 – mǐn háng qū – Minhang District
  • 浦东新区 – pǔ dōng xīn qū – Pudong New Area
  • 普陀区 – pǔ tuó qū – Putuo District
  • 青浦区 – qīng pǔ qū – Qingpu District
  • 松江区 – sōng jiāng qū – Songjiang District
  • 徐汇区 – xú huì qū – Xuhui District
  • 杨浦区 – yáng pǔ qū – Yangpu District

Attractions

  • 外滩 – wài tān – The Bund
  • 东方明珠(广播电视)塔 – dōng fāng míng zhū (guǎng bō diàn shì) tǎ – Oriental Pearl (Radio & TV) Tower
  • 南京路 – nán jīng lù – Nanjing Road
  • 人民广场 – rén mín guǎng chǎng – People’s Square
  • 人民公园 – rén mín gōng yuán – People’s Park
  • 上海博物馆 – shàng hǎi bó wù guǎn – Shanghai Museum
  • 上海美术馆 – shàng hǎi měi shù guǎn – Shanghai Art Museum
  • 上海科技馆 – shàng hǎi kē jì guǎn – Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
  • 上海自然博物馆 – shàng hǎi zì rán bó wù guǎn – Shanghai Natural History Museum
  • 1933老场坊 – yī jiǔ sān sān lǎo chǎng fāng – 1933 Old Millfun (This is apparently the English name, according to TripAdvisor…)
  • 新天地 – xīn tiān dì – Xintiandi
  • 田子坊 – tián zǐ fāng – Tianzifang
  • 上海法租界 – shàng hǎi fǎ zū jiè – Shanghai French Concession
  • 豫园 – yù yuán – Yu Garden
  • 上海老街 – shàng hǎi lǎo jiē – Shanghai Old Street
  • 静安寺 – jìng ān sì – Jing’an Temple
  • 圣依纳爵主教座堂 – shèng yī nà jué zhǔ jiào zuò táng – St. Ignatius Cathedral (also called 徐家汇天主教堂 – xú jiā huì tiān zhǔ jiào táng – Xujiahui Cathedral)

Famous People

  • 姚明 – yáo míng – Yao Ming (Basketball player)
  • 宋美龄 – sòng měi líng – Soong Mei-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
  • 郑佩佩 – zhèng pèi pèi – Cheng Pei-pei (Actress from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

Food

  • 小笼包 – xiǎo lóng bāo – Soup dumplings
  • 生煎 – shēng jiān – Fried pork dumplings
  • 红烧茄子 – hóng shāo qié zi – Braised eggplant
  • 臭豆腐 – chòu dòu fu – Stinky tofu
  • 糟卤 – zāo lǔ – I think the English name of this is “pickle sauce”. My friend from Shanghai said it’s a kind of condiment they add to food and it tastes salty.