Toll Free - U.S.& Canada:  1-800-791-9386   Hong Kong:  800-930-623   Australia:  1-800-779-835   Singapore:  800-130-1652  
Free online Chinese learning support
  • Follow Us in "WeChat"
    by Scanning
United Kingdom:  0-800-086-8969   Switzerland:  0-800-563-178   Germany:  0-800-180-0341   Israel:  1-809-467-206  
France:  0-805-080-689   Italy:  800-596-375   Spain:  900-838-906   New Zealand:  0-800-002-128  
South Africa:  0-800-981-886                    

Lost in the crowd? You must know “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)” (Beginner)

Sep. 28, 2016

enormous crowds 人山人海

When you think about China, you may imagine dumplings, The Great Wall, towering skyscrapers, and almost certainly the enormous crowds that can be found here! The Chinese love to get out and explore their public places and tourist attractions. Often, these places quickly become overcrowded. When Chinese citizens come together to create a scene of “sea of people,” you can describe it with the phrase “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi).” You’ll see this crowd all year long, but one week in particular is well-known: the October 1 National Day and the “Golden Week” for Chinese tourism.

During the first week in October, the Chinese have a week off to reunite with families and travel. This “Golden Week” has become the top week for tourism in China. While many workers look forward to this free week, others may dread the long lines and sold-out tickets. In addition, when China’s public places become “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi),” it’s added stress for travelers. More and more people are declining to travel during this time because of the crowds!

Let’s break down “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)”:

人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi): huge crowds of people; a sea of people; a mountain of people.
人 (rén): means people
山 (shān): means mountain
海 (hǎi): means sea

Generally, we would use “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)” in such a structure:
place name + 人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)

Some examples of “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)” in a sentence:

Guǎngchǎng shàng rénshānrénhǎi.
广场               上        人山人海。
The square was a sea of people.

Wǒ kàn dào dàjiē shàng rénshānrénhǎi.
我    看   到   大街   上      人山人海。
I saw a large crowd of people in the street.

Quiz:

1. We can use “人山人海 (rénshānrénhǎi)” to describe a place which is ______ .
A. quiet
B. crowded
C. beautiful
D. famous
See Answer Analysis

Got questions? Take a free 1-to-1 lesson with one of our professional teachers by signing up below:
Name:  E-mail: 
Country:  Tel: 
Submit

Write a comment

Your Name: 
Your Email:  Your email address will not be published.
Comments: 
Verification Code:  Verification Code Unclear? Try another one
Email This Article
Recipients' email addresses:
(separate recipients with comma)
Your name:
Your e-mail address (optional):
Your message (optional):
Verification Code:


Sign up for a free trial now!
Get more information about our Chinese lessons through live chat
Get a FREE live 1-to-1 lesson and FREE e-books. Complete the form below:
Name:
E-mail:
Country:
Tel:
 
Get 11 FREE Mandarin E-books