Ordering Beverages

China's most famous beverage is tea, and rightly so. The Chinese have been cultivating tea for thousands of years, and the methods for processing tea have remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.

There are many types of tea within the three main categories: green tea, oolong tea and black tea. Any visit to China or Taiwan is not complete without a sampling of the fine tea that's available.

More Than Tea

But tea is not the only drink you can buy. There are all kinds of fruit juices, soft drinks, beers and wines to sample. Non-alcoholic drinks are available at coffee shops and tea stands, and bars and restaurants also serve beer, wine, and liquor.

Many drinks are served sweetened, but you can also order them without sugar (bù jiā táng) or with just a bit of sugar (bàn táng). Coffee is usually served with creamer and bags of sugar on the side. Green tea and oolong tea are usually served without sugar or milk. Black tea with milk is called "milk tea," and may be sweetened according to taste.

Here are some popular beverages you will find in China and Taiwan. Click on the link in the Pinyin column to hear the pronunciation.

 

EnglishPinyinTraditional CharactersSimplified Characters
Teachá
Black teahóng chá紅茶红茶
Oolong teawūlóng chá烏龍茶乌龙茶
Green tealǜ chá綠茶绿茶
Coffeekāfēi咖啡咖啡
Black coffeehēi kāfēi黑咖啡黑咖啡
Creamnǎi jīng奶精奶精
Sugartáng
No sugarbù jiā táng不加糖不加糖
Half sugarbàn táng半糖半糖
Milkniú nǎi牛奶牛奶
Juiceguǒ zhī果汁果汁
Orange juiceliǔchéng zhī柳橙汁柳橙汁
Apple juicepíngguǒ zhī蘋果汁苹果汁
Pineapple juicefènglí zhī鳳梨汁凤梨汁
Lemonadeníngméng zhī檸檬汁柠檬汁
Watermelon juicexīguā zhī西瓜汁西瓜汁
Soft drinksyǐn liào飲料饮料
Colakělè可樂可乐
Waterkāi shuǐ開水开水
Mineral waterkuàng quán shuǐ礦泉水矿泉水
Ice waterbīng shuǐ冰水冰水
Icebīng
Beerpíjiǔ啤酒啤酒
Winepútáo jiǔ葡萄酒葡萄酒
Red Winehóng jiǔ紅酒红酒
White winebái jiǔ白酒白酒
Sparkling wineqìpāo jiǔ氣泡酒气泡酒
Champagnexiāng bīn香檳香槟
Wine listjiǔ dān酒單酒单
I would like ... .yào ... .我要...我要... .
I will have this.Wǒ yào zhègè.我要這個。我要这个。