The Republic of Singing People

I know that maybe you won’t have the chance to be really interested in Chinese songs on your China tour, but I’m sure that you have already heard some songs even if you didn’t pay attention to it. People who have never travelled to China may think that Chinese songs are like Japanese or Korean […]

I know that maybe you won’t have the chance to be really interested in Chinese songs on your China tour, but I’m sure that you have already heard some songs even if you didn’t pay attention to it. People who have never travelled to China may think that Chinese songs are like Japanese or Korean Pop, or like Beijing’s opera songs. Yet, even if they have traditional songs, they listen to all kind of music, but it’s true that they prefer ballads to rap or hard rock music. You will notice that techno music is widely displayed at the hair dresser’s, shops, malls, arcade game centers or to promote something.

Music is very present into their lives, but I think that they rather like singing than listening to songs. Yes, Chinese people like to sing songs. In my life I’ve never seen as many advertisements where people are singing on it to promote random products. Moreover all their shows have a musical part; a dance, a song, or an instrument. It’s common to hear people singing in the subway. They are not afraid or ashamed to show their vocal talents in front of a crowd with their headphones on their ears. And if you go to some parks, you will see that elderly people gather everyday together to practise taichi, play cards/majong, discuss, dance and sing. Karaoke is the symbol of their passion for singing. You can be sure that on every city of China you will be, you will find at least 1 KTV. In these last past years, Arcade game centers started to put karaoke cabins on service too.

Chinese National Anthem Jìnxíngqǔ

Qǐlái! Búyuàn zuò núlì de rénmen!
Bǎ wǒmen de xuèròu,
zhùchéng wǒmen xīn de chángchéng!
Zhōnghuá mínzú dàoliǎo zuì wēixiǎn de shíhòu.
Měi ge rén bèipòzhe fāchū zuìhòu de hǒushēng.
Qǐlái! Qǐlái! Qǐlái!
Wǒmen wànzhòngyìxīn,
Màozhe dírén de pàohuǒ, qiánjìn!
Màozhe dírén de pàohuǒ, qiánjìn!
Qiánjìn! Qiánjìn! Jìn!

最炫民族风 zuì xuàn mín zú fēng

This is a very popular song in China, like the most trendy since a lot of videos on youkou and youtube are made with this cover. This song is the buzz of the year 2010, I’ve listened it few times, and now I keep singing this song in my head everyday. You can find it on copy the name of the song in chinese and watch funny videos and corporate flash mobs about this song.

cāng máng de tiān yá shì wǒ de ài
mián mián de qīng shān jiǎo xià huā zhèng kāi
shí me yàng de jié zòu shì zuì yā zuì yáo bǎi
shí me yàng de gē shēng cái shì zuì kāi huái

wān wān de hé shuǐ cóng tiān shàng lái
líu xiàng nà wàn zǐ qiān hóng yī piàn hǎi
huǒ là là de gē yáo shì wǒ men de qī dài
yī lù biān zǒu biān chàng cái shì zuì zì zài
wǒ men yào chàng jìu yào chàng dé zuì tòng kuài

Chorus:
nǐ shì wǒ tiān biān zuì měi de yún cǎi
ràng wǒ yòng xīn bǎ nǐ líu xià lái ( líu xià lái )
yōu yōu de chàng zhe zuì xuàn de mín zú fēng
ràng ài juàn zǒu suǒ yǒu de chén āi( wǒ zhī dào )
nǐ shì wǒ xīn zhōng zuì měi de yún cǎi
zhēn mǎn měi jǐu ràng nǐ líu xià lái ( líu xià lái )
yǒng yuǎn dōu chàng zhe zuì xuàn de mín zú fēng
shì zhěng piàn tiān kōng zuì měi de zī tài ( líu xià lái )

( yo lā lā hē lā bài )
( yī lā suo lā hē lā bài yā )
wǒ tīng jiàn nǐ xīn zhōng dòng rén de tiān lài
dēng shàng tiān wài yún xiāo de wǔ tái

cāng máng de tiān yá shì wǒ de ài
mián mián de qīng shān jiǎo xià huā zhèng kāi
shí me yàng de jié zòu shì zuì yā zuì yáo bǎi
shí me yàng de gē shēng cái shì zuì kāi huái

wān wān de hé shuǐ cóng tiān shàng lái
líu xiàng nà wàn zǐ qiān hóng yī piàn hǎi
huǒ là là de gē yáo shì wǒ men de qī dài
yī lù biān zǒu biān chàng cái shì zuì zì zài
wǒ men yào chàng jìu yào chàng dé zuì tòng kuài

Chorus x2

Songs are also a good way to create links and connect people. I’m sure that it would be easier to break the ice with Chinese people that you’ll meet during your trip. Here are some famous songs in pinyin to practice at home before flying to China.

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