车水马龙 – Che Shui Ma Long

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My name is Jonathan Higgins and this is Learn Chinese Café’s Idiom Series. Today we are going to take a look at the Chinese idiom “车水马龙 – Chē Shuǐ Mǎ Lóng”.

车水马龙 – Chē Shuǐ Mǎ Lóng means “heavy traffic” consisting of people and vehicles.

Let’s break down the characters in this idiom. 车水 – Chē shuǐ means a sea of cars. You know that 车 – Chē means vehicles or cars, and that 水 – shuǐ means water. So together, 车水 – Chē shuǐ means a river of cars. 马 – mǎ means “horse” and 龙 – lóng means “dragon”. Imagine a dragon with a horse’s head. The image here is likely a street full of horse-drawn carriages. Perhaps “dragon” adds some imagery of rapid movement.

Let’s take a look at 车水马龙 – Chē shuǐ mǎ lóng in use. Here we have:

纽约的大街车水马龙。
Niǔyuē de dàjiē chēshuǐmǎlóng.

Can you guess the meaning of this sentence?

As you likely guessed, 纽约的大街车水马龙 (Niǔyuē de dàjiē chēshuǐmǎlóng.) means “New York’s streets are crowded with people and vehicles.”

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More examples:

 

路上车水马龙。我可能要迟到。

Lùshàng chēshuǐmǎlóng. Wǒ kěnéng yào chídào.

There is a traffic jam. I will likely be late.

 

现在那条路上车水马龙。我等车少了再去。

Xiànzài nà tiáo lùshàng chēshuǐmǎlóng. Wǒ děng chē shǎole zài qù.

This a traffic jam on that street right now. I’m going to wait until the traffic goes down and then I will go.

 

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