Tomb-Sweeping Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday in honor of the ancestors, has arrived. Have you decided where to go? If you’re traveling domestically over the three-day holiday, you may want to put your Mandarin skills to the test along the journey (although it’s not encouraged to travel given the current public health crisis). Regardless, here is a handy Qingming phrase guide, which covers everything from the name of the festival itself to its unique snacks.
Burn paper money
Green rice balls made of rice flour and wormwood juice
Can I have some green rice balls?
Yǒu qingtuan má?
Do you prefer sweet flavor or salty flavor?
Nǐ xǐ huān tián kǒu de hái shì xián kǒu de?
What's the filling inside the green rice balls?
Qīngtuán shì shén me xiàn'er de?
Red bean paste
Dòu shā xiàn
Salted egg yolk
Xián dàn huáng xiàn
How much is it?
What's your plan for the Tomb-Sweeping Festival?
Qīngmíngjié yǒu shén me ān pái ma?
Where did you go during the three-day holiday?
Sāntiān xiǎochángjià nǐqù nǎlǐ wánle a?
Can I take a photo of this?
Wǒ néng gěi zhè gè pāi zhāng zhào mā?
I don't eat meat/peanut/dairy products/seafood.
Wǒ bú chī ròu/huā shēng/nǎi zhìpǐn/ hǎi xiān.
For more Useful Mandarin Phrase Guides, click here.
[Top image via China.org]