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Lesson 6 To ask for directions in Beijing
16:19, July 15, 2008

Zài běi jīng wèn lù
在 北 京 问 路


Běi jīng de jiē dào hé hú tòng yì bān wéi dōng xī huò nán běi zǒu xiàng ,
北 京 的 街 道 和 胡 同 一 般 为 东 西 或 南 北 走 向 ,
rú guǒ nǐ shǒu hàng yǒu dì tú , bìng néng biàn qīng fāng xiàng ( dōng , xī
如 果 你 手 上 有 地 图 , 并 能 辨 清 方 向 ( 东 、 西
, nán , běi ) shí , nǐ de wèn tí jiù kě yǐ dé dào chū bù jiě
、 南 、 北 ) 时 , 你 的 问 题 就 可 以 得 到 初 步 解
jué . Yǒu de dì fāng yǒu diàn năo wèn lù tīng , zhǔ yào jiē dào huò lù
决 。 有 的 地 方 有 电 脑 问 路 亭 , 主 要 街 道 或 路
kǒu hái yǒu běn dì qū shì yì tú . Rú guǒ nǐ zhǐ zhī dào bèi făng rén
口 还 有 本 地 区 示 意 图 。 如 果 你 只 知 道 被 访 人
xìng míng hé qé jū zhù de dà zhì qū yù , kě dào dāng dì gōng ān pài
姓 名 和 其 居 住 的 大 致 区 域 , 可 到 当 地 公 安 派
chū suǒ chá xún . Bě jīng rén shí fēn rè qíng , nǐ yù yǒu má fan zhăo
出 所 查 询 。 北 京 人 十 分 热 情 , 你 遇 有 麻 烦 找
tā men bāng zhù shí , yì bān kě yǐ dé dào măn yì de dá fù .
他 们 帮 助 时 , 一 般 可 以 得 到 满 意 的 答 复 。


To ask for directions in Beijing

The roads in Beijing usually run north and south, or east and west. If you have a map of the city, and if you can orientate yourself - whether north, south, east or west - your problems are almost solved. In addition, there are electronic and sketch maps at some major junctions and roads. If you're trying to look for someone's residence and you don't have all the information - like complete address or even the person's full name - it's best to get some help from the local police station. Having said that, people in Beijing are very friendly. Generally speaking, asking for directions from someone on the street should get you to where you need to go.

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