How to write Chinese mainland addresses in English

by on Mar.20, 2019, under Misc

Simply reverse the order of the English addresses, totally, don’t hesitate.

Then look at the Chinese address which you need to dive into. I am not exaggerating when I say ” dive into”, I still feel desperate while writing down a Chinese address in English, I mean, in Pinyin, which consists of the very 26 latin letters, thank God.

Some companies or organisations may have their P.O.box, which is simplified addresses, easy to write, so we will not talk about it here.

Basically one Chinese city address shall look like this :

China-Province Name-City Name-District Name-Road Name-Community’s Road Number-Community Name-Residence Building Name or Building Number-Appartment Number



But I’m sure that you are still confused: How do I write my Chinese address in Pinyin (English)? Now we need to put the Chinese adress into Google Translate, automatically the address in English will be layed out in an order which English people are used to, get out of your comfortable zone, reverse the order! Make sure the receiver’s name will have the whole bottom line, no sharing here. Professionally Done! Cheers!

Note: a Chinese countryside address works in a similar way.

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One Child Policy

by on May.26, 2009, under Misc

Now we are in 2019, I wrote this article 10 years ago. Now The birth policy has changed, with complicated amendments, but basically the government selectively “authorise” certain people to have 2 kids, at the moment. (Written by Lizhen 19/03/2019)


It’s a shame which I have to admit, I really thought the Chinese people who breached  one-child policy deserved their punishment until I started to use my own brain to think about the events happening around me.

I have a friend, which is the second girl for her parents, she could have another sister because she was a twin girl. Her mom didn’t dare to go home when she was still carrying the twin baby until the babies were born. Her mom had never been in a hospital so she didn’t know she was carrying 2 girls instead of one. Unfortunately she only prepared one set of clother for her baby, and that was a winter, damn! She hurried home after the babies’ birth , seeing several officials from the birth control bureau already blocked the door of her house. No matter how terribly the woman and her families begged them, they scolded them and kept the woman and the 2 new-born babies outside until one baby died, from hunger or from coldness.

My mother told me, the operation of one-child policy started in 1982 in my hometown, hundreds of  pregnant women were forced to have an abortion, no matter how many months the women already had been pregnant, even in 8th month or 9th month, the government didn’t care at all.

Nowadays, the policy is still in power, only the government is not applying it so bloodily, instead, threatening to take the woman’s families’ jobs away, seducing with money your neighbores to inform the local goverment about anyone’s second pregnancy……..and the same, the government doesn’t care how many months their women have been pregnant.

Yeah, there are too many Chinese, which is already a horror to Chinese and also western countries, but there must be a better way to control the population from rocketing up, or there is a better way to implement the one-child policy. With a little mercy, with a little care, with a little planning, maybe the policy would not appear so cruel.

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Chinese Hukou

by on Apr.13, 2009, under Misc

Please note: some social and political changes happened during the passed 10 years. ( Lizhen 19/03/2019)

What’s Hukou? According to its meaning, it also means “household registration” or “registered address”.
In China, normal people (not including the army) possibly can have 3 kinds of ID certificates: ID card, passport and family book. What’s the difference and relationship among them?

First, for Chinese the most useful certificate is the ID card. Not all Chinese people have passports, only a small part of them need the passports — this is not too bad.  

Second, the address on the ID card isn’t always the same with the address on your family book. The address on your family book is more powerful. The address is very important for Chinese, it not only shows where you are living, but also shows “where did you come from”, which means in a word if you are a city citizen or a countryside resident. What’s the difference between a city citizen and a countryside resident? Let’s make two examples: first, in China 4 farmers’ vote tickets equal to one city citizen’s vote, which was even 8:1 before 2005; the other example is, let’s suppose one farmer and one city citizen died in a same traffic accident, neither of them has health insurance, there will be a big difference on the compensation which the two victims families will get. The farmer will get half of the city citizen’s compensation or even less. I mentioned earlier that the address on your family book also means “where did you come from”, my meaning is, the address determines whether you come from a higher or lower social level.

The Chinese government is declaring that Chinese have equal rights and equal duties, that’s not true. On many issues the Chinese government still hasn’t paid attention or made effort to keep it equal, or I doubt it simply doesn’t care, such as the farmer’s land ownership right, poor families’ kids’ education right or the protection on women.

Just have a look at the Hukou system, the government is still sticking to divide the whole population into two parts according to their registered address. Then there come the differences on social insurance, social aid, education quality, but there are many more differences — as everybody knows in China the policies are more practical and powerful than its little assistant, so-called “Law”. 

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