Find Your Way in a Chinese Post Office PLUS Bonus Vocabulary Quiz!
Have you ever tried to send a parcel or postcard home from China? Or dealt with any other matter at the post office in Chinese?
Well, it can be quite the experience.
Today we’ll teach you everything about the post office in Chinese, so next time you’d like to send a postcard from any beautiful places you visit, it’ll be a bit easier.
💪 If you think you already know enough vocabulary, make sure to test your knowledge in the quiz at the very bottom of this article!
Now let’s get started.
Post Office in Chinese | Useful Vocabulary
Post Office in Chinese | Vocab’ Summary
Post Office in Chinese | Sentence Examples
Post Office in Chinese | Vocab’ Quiz
Post Office in Chinese | FAQ’s
First of all, post office in Chinese is 邮局 yóu jú
📍 China Post (中国邮政 zhōngguó yóuzhèng) is China’s postal service provider and delivers both domestically and internationally.
Post Office in Chinese | Useful Vocabulary
There usually is a post office 邮局 yóu jú in any city district in China, so it is very easy to send 寄jì mail.
Make sure to check out the opening hours 营业时间 yíng yè shí jiān of your nearest post office, as they might differ from place to place.
If you have a registered address in China, the mailman 邮递员 yóu dì yuán will regularly come and deliver any mail 邮件 yóu jiàn you might receive 收到 shōu dào.
At the post office you’ll be able to send various items:
- Letter | 信 xìn
- Registered letter | 挂号信 guà hào xìn
- Postcard | 明信片 míng xìn piàn
- Telegram | 电报 diàn bào
- Parcel | 邮包 yóu bāo
Depending on the branch you are visiting you can also do wire transfers 汇款 huì kuǎn.
To send out a letter or a parcel you will need to fill out a document with several details, much like any other country.
First, fill in the name 名字 míng zi and family name 姓 xìng of both the sender 发件人 fā jiàn rén and receiver 收件人 shōu xìn rén.
Second, you will need the address 地址 dì zhǐ and the ZIP code 邮编 yóu biān.
TOP TIP #1 | Fill in the document with a black pen, as in some institutions a blue pen is not accepted.
TOP TIP #2 | If you are sending outside of China, make sure to write the name of the country in Chinese characters as well.
You can find a large list of countries in Chinese in our blog right here.
The price of the enveloppe 信封 xìn fēng and postage stamp 邮票 yóu piào will depend on three things:
- The rate of postage 邮费 yóu fèi
- Either you choose standard 普通 pǔ tōng or economical 经济的 jīng jì de shipping
- The weight of your item 重量 zhòng liàng
Be careful of the price of sending out parcels outside of China, as prices can go up very quickly, and the price difference between sending out by plane 飞机 fēi jī or boat 船 chuán is quite significant !
Post Office in Chinese | Summary
Let’s check here all the words we previously mentioned.
Make sure to bookmark this article so you can come back and review these words whenever needed:
|Mail (letters, etc.)
|yóu dì yuán
|yíng yè shí jiān
|guà hào xìn
|míng xìn piàn
|fā jiàn rén
|shōu xìn rén
|Rate (of postage)
|jīng jì de
|To weigh up
Post Office in Chinese | Useful Sentences
Let’s practice a few sentences with the vocabulary we just learned above.
First of all, let’s say you are looking at the nearest post office but have some troubles finding it. You might ask someone:
- zuìjìn de yóujú zài nǎlǐ?
- Where is the nearest post office?
After someone gave you that information don’t forget to say thank you!
Now, depending on the post office there might be an English speaking employee.
We always suggest to our students to use these opportunities to practice their Chinese skills, but in some situations you need to get your point across and avoid any mistakes.
You do not want your parcel to end up in another country than yours, do you?!
- nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma?
- Do you speak English?
- zhè li yǒu huì shuō yīngyǔ de yuángōng ma?
- Do you have an English-speaking employee?
Let’s see a few more questions that could be useful:
|What is the current postage rate?
|xiànzài de yóufèi shì duōshǎo?
|What are the post office opening hours?
|yóujú de yíngyè shíjiān shì jǐ diǎn?
|How much is it to send a parcel to the US?
|jì bāoguǒ dào měiguó yào duōshǎo qián?
|When will my postcard arrive?
|wǒ de míngxìnpiàn shénme shíhòu dào?
Building sentences when you’re just starting out your Chinese learning journey is definitely not easy, especially if you are self-studying.
Which is exactly why we created our Chinese Grammar Bank, giving you access to free Chinese lessons that you can save and come back to anytime you need a quick review session.
Are you certain you retained all of the vocabulary from this article?
The post office in Chinese requires some specific words, and you need to make sure to learn them correctly for next time you wish to send something.
We’ve got a quick fire quiz for you, let us know your results in the comments!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you say Post Office in Chinese?
Post office in Chinese is 邮局 yóu jú.
How do you say Letter in Chinese?
Letter in Chinese is 信 xìn.
How do you say Postcard in Chinese?
Postcard in Chinese is 明信片 míng xìn piàn.
What is China’s postal service?
China Post (中国邮政 zhōngguó yóuzhèng) is China’s postal service provider and delivers both domestically and internationally.
Can I send parcels from China to my country?
Yes of course.
China Post delivers both domestically and internationally.
When writing the receiver’s address make sure to include the name of your country in Chinese characters as well, otherwise your parcel might not even leave China!
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