25 June 2014

Vocabulary: cardinal points

The Chinese cardinal points

The cardinal points are words widely used in China. Just note that the name of many Chinese cities use the cardinal sign of its position over the China map, like 北京 Beijing (Běijīng). Beijing literally means in English north + big capital city. The use of the cardinal points to indicate the location of places and buildings, or when we want to indicate the direction to follow is also usually done.





North
běi

Northeast
dōngběi

East
dōng 

Southeast 
dōngnán

South
nán

Southwest
西 xīnán

West
西

Northwest
西 xīběi