Good news for our single male readers- Chinese has dozens of fantastically descriptive terms and idioms describing feminine beauty.
Next time you eligible bachelors out there spot a beautiful Chinese woman, stand out from the crowd and ditch the tired “美女“ in favor of one of the below phrases. We don’t guarantee a date, but you are likely to get a compliment on your wide breadth of Chinese language knowledge.
Don’t fret ladies, we’ll bring you a post on alternatives to 帅哥 (shuàigē- handsome guy) next week!
倾国倾城 (qīng guó qīng chéng): Drop dead gorgeous
倾 (qīng): collapse, overturn
国 (guó): country
倾 (qīng): collapse, overturn
城 (chéng): city
In English, we call a gorgeous woman a “drop dead gorgeous”. Well, Chinese goes even one step further! This idiom describes a woman so beautiful, she can topple both countries and cities. Translated literally, this means “overthrow country, overthrow city”. Beauty so overwhelming, what country or city could stay intact when she walks by?
měi rén bàng: tā men miàn róng jiāo měi ， tā men shēn cái ē nuó ， tā men shì lìng rén yàn xiàn de měi rén ， tā men de qīng guó qīng chéng gěi 2011 zēng tiān le yì mǒ liàng sè
Beauty Pagaent: Their faces are charming, their bodies are elegant, they make people envious, and their stunning beauty added color to 2011.
tā yǒu zhe qīng guó qīng chéng de róng mào ， ràng hěn duō nán shì duì tā zháo mí
She has a drop dead gorgeous appearance, lots of men are enchanted by her.
辣妹 (là mèi): Hot girl
辣 (là): spicy (as in 麻辣- má là- numbing and spicy)
妹 (mèi): sister, young woman
A very common expression among Chinese males to describe a “hot chick” or “sexy girl”, 辣妹 might be a bit…forward to say directly to a woman, but will certainly get the point across to your male friends. Those familiar with Chinese food will recognize 辣 as the character for spicy, where 妹 means “younger sister” or “young woman”. This was originally the Chinese translation for the legendary British girl-group “Spice Girls”, but has since come to mean hot girls in general.
wǒ de là mèi nǚ péng you bǎ wǒ shuǎi le 。 wǒ zhēn nán guò
My hot girlfriend dumped me. It’s been rough!
Qīng dǎo chéng yáng shì mín jié shèng dà xún yóu là mèi jìn wǔ huǒ rè shàng yǎn
Qingdao Chengyan Festival Public Parade- Hot girls dance on stage
沉鱼落雁- chén yú luò yàn: Stunningly beautiful
沉 (chén): sink
鱼 (yú): fish
落 (luò): fall
雁 (yàn): goose
In another wonderful visualization of the sheer power of feminine beauty, here her looks can cause fish to sink and geese to fall out of the sky. First used almost 2,000 years ago by the philosopher and poet 庄子 (zhuāng zi) in his work 齐物论 (qí wù lùn- Equality of Things), this chengyu hasn’t lost an ounce of potency in describing the effects of awesome beauty.
mě igè nǚ xìng dōu yǒu zì jǐ mèng xiǎng zhōng qíng rén ， rán ér què bú shì měi gè nǚ xìng shēng lái dōu shì chén yú luò yàn ， néng gòu qīng yì xī yǐn dào yōu zhì nán de shì xiàn
Every female has their own “man of their dreams”, but not every female is born with stunning beauty, able to easily attract the attention of high quality men.
sheí yě bù néng piào liang yí bè izi de ， jiù suàn nǐ céng jīng shì gè chén yú luò yàn de zhǔ ér ， nà yě yǒu shěn měi pí láo de nà yì tiān
Nobody can be beautiful forever, even if you were once a stunning beauty, you will have a day where beauty fades.
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