Describing a Special Place in Chinese (A trip to Dafen Village)

Describing a Special Place in Mandarin Chinese

In Authentic Street Interviews by Angel Huang2 Comments

A while back, I visited a place called Dafen (大芬) — an art village in Shenzhen that’s often referred to as “the world’s largest Oil Painting center”.

Watch the video below to get a peek into the colorful village and listen as three people share some thoughts on what makes it special.

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7 Useful Sentence Patterns for Describing a (Special) Place in Chinese

In the video I highlighted 7 sentence patterns that were used to express facts, opinions and feelings about Dafen Village. Below you'll find a couple more sample sentences for each one.

Tip: Try to make sentences with some of these patterns based on a place that’s special to YOU!

______________ 有什么特别之处?

_________ yǒu shén me tè bié zhī chù?

What's special about _________?

Example 1 (from the video):

大芬油画村有什么特别之处?

dà fēn yóu huà cūn yǒu shén me tè bié zhī chù?

What's special about Dafen Oil Painting Village?

Example 2:

北京故宫有什么特别之处?

běi jīng gù gōng yǒu shén me tè bié zhī chù?

What's special about Beijing's Forbidden City?

Example 3:

丽江古城有什么特别之处?

lì jiāng gǔ chéng yǒu shén me tè bié zhī chù?​

What's special about Lijiang Old Town?

______________ 是一个______________ 。

_________shì yī gè __________.

_________ is a __________.

Example 1 (from the video):

大芬油画村是一个原创和复制油画的艺术基地。

dà fēn yóu huà cūn shì yī gè yuán chuàng hé fù zhì yóu huà de yì shù jī dì.

Dafen Oil Painting Village is a base for original and reproduction oil painting art.

Example 2:

上海是一个现代化的大都市。

shàng hǎi shì yī gè xiàn dài huà de dà dōu shì.

Shanghai is a big modern city.

Example 3:

桂林漓江是一个值得去的地方。

guì lín lí jiāng shì yī gè zhí dé qù de dì fāng.

Guilin's Lijiang River is a place worth going to.

A number  + 多 duō

Over/more than + a number

Example 1 (from the video):

居住在这里的油画家画工大概有八千多人。

jū zhù zài zhè lǐ de yóu huà jiā huà gōng dà gài yǒu bā qiān duō rén.

Over eight thousand oil painters and workers live here.

Example 2:

苏州现在有60多个园林。

sū zhōu xiàn zài yǒu 60 duō gè yuán lín.

There are over 60 gardens in Suzhou now.

Example 3:

黑龙江的人口是3800多万。

hēi lóng jiāng de rén kǒu shì 3800 duō wàn.

The population of Heilongjiang is over 38 million.

近 jìn  +  a number

Nearly/Close to + a number

Example 1 (from the video):

在这里经营的门店有近一千余家。

zài zhè lǐ jīng yíng de mén diàn yǒu jìn yī qiān yú jiā.

Nearly a thousand stores operate here.

Example 2:

南京路上有近100家的饭店。

nán jīng lù shàng yǒu jìn 100 jiā de fàn diàn.

There's nearly 100 restaurants on Nanjing Road. 

Example 3:

上海1月份的平均气温近 5 ℃。

shàng hǎi 1 yuè fèn de píng jūn qì wēn jìn 5 ℃.

The average temperature in January is nearly 5 ℃.

我认为 ______________ 。

wǒ rèn wèi __________.

I think __________.

Example 1 (from the video):

我认为是有很多传统的建筑物都可以体现在这个大芬油画村里面。

wǒ rèn wèi shì yǒu hěn duō chuán tǒng de jiàn zhù wù dōu kě yǐ tǐ xiàn zài zhè gè dà fēn yóu huà cūn lǐ miàn.

I think it's that there are many traditional buildings that can be seen inside Dafen oil painting village.

Example 2:

我认为北京的空气太差了。

wǒ rèn wèi běi jīng de kōng qì tài chà le.

I think the air in Beijing is really bad. 

Example 3:

我认为香格里拉是中国最美的地方。

wǒ rèn wèi xiāng gé lǐ lā shì zhōng guó zuì měi de dì fāng.

I think Xianggelila is the most beautiful place in China.

 ______________ 有很多不同的 ________________。

__________ yǒu hěn duō bù tóng de ___________.

There are many different __________ in ___________.

Example 1 (from the video):

芬油画村里面有很多不同的画家的作品。

dà fēn yóu huà cūn lǐ miàn yǒu hěn duō bù tóng de huà jiā de zuò pǐn.

There are many different works of art in Dafen oil painting village.

Example 2:

成都有很多不同的小吃。

chéng dū yǒu hěn duō bù tóng de xiǎo chī.

There are many different snacks in Chengdu. 

Example 3:

中国有很多不同的方言。

zhōng guó yǒu hěn duō bù tóng de fāng yán.

There are many different dialects in China.

 ______________  感受一下 ________________。

_________ gǎn shòu yī xià ___________.

__________ experience ___________.

Example 1 (from the video):

自己来自己感受一下油画的感觉。

zì jǐ lái zì jǐ gǎn shòu yī xià yóu huà de gǎn jué.

I come here to "experience" the oil paintings in person.

Example 2:

我来这里感受一下中国的生活。

wǒ lái zhè lǐ gǎn shòu yī xià zhōng guó de shēng huó.

I come here to experience the life in China. 

Example 3:

我来四川感受一下火锅的味道。

wǒ lái sì chuān gǎn shòu yī xià huǒ guō de wèi dào.

I come to Sichuan to experience the flavor of hotpot.

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Is there a special place that you have visited/would like to visit in China? I'd love to hear about it 🙂