The Great Forbidden City Mix-Up: A Fun Journey of Friendship

Fluent Fiction – Mandarin Chinese
www.FluentFiction.org/Mandarin Chinese
Story Transcript:
Zh: 阳光明媚的一天,小明、丽丽和建国一起来到了紫禁城。
En: On a sunny day, Xiaoming, Lili, and Jianguo went together to the Forbidden City.

Zh: 紫禁城很大,游客也很多。
En: The Forbidden City was very large, with many tourists.

Zh: 三个朋友兴奋地四处看看。
En: The three friends excitedly looked around.

Zh: “小明,我听说这里有很多好看的东西,”丽丽说。
En: “Xiaoming, I’ve heard there are many interesting things to see here,” Lili said.

Zh: “是的,我们要好好参观,”建国同意。
En: “Yes, we should take a thorough look around,” Jianguo agreed.

Zh: 于是他们决定找一个地方开始参观。
En: So they decided to find a place to start their tour.

Zh: 他们看到一条很长的队伍。
En: They saw a very long line.

Zh: “我们排这个队吧,肯定是为了参观重要的地方,”小明建议。
En: “Let’s join this line; it must be for something important,” Xiaoming suggested.

Zh: 他们高兴地点点头。
En: They nodded happily.

Zh: 队伍很长很慢,大家不停地聊着。
En: The line was long and slow, and they chatted continuously.

Zh: “小明,你知道紫禁城有多少年历史吗?”建国问。
En: “Xiaoming, do you know how many years of history the Forbidden City has?” Jianguo asked.

Zh: “有六百多年了,很古老,”小明回忆起他读过的书。
En: “It’s over six hundred years old, very ancient,” Xiaoming recalled from the books he had read.

Zh: 丽丽则在观察周围的游客。
En: Lili was observing the surrounding tourists.

Zh: “有的人带着相机,有的人带着孩子,这地方真热闹。”
En: “Some people have cameras, some have children, this place is really lively.”

Zh: 时间一分一秒过去,队伍依然缓慢前进。
En: Time passed slowly, and the queue moved at a snail’s pace.

Zh: 他们看不到队尾也看不到队首。
En: They couldn’t see the end of the line, nor the front.

Zh: 丽丽开始有点疑惑。
En: Lili started to feel doubtful.

Zh: “小明,我们还要排多久?”丽丽问道。
En: “Xiaoming, how much longer do we have to wait?” Lili asked.

Zh: “应该快到了吧,就再等等。”小明安慰她。
En: “It should be soon, let’s wait a bit longer.” Xiaoming comforted her.

Zh: 终于,他们排到了前面。
En: Finally, they reached the front.

Zh: 小明、丽丽和建国发现自己站在一个门口。
En: Xiaoming, Lili, and Jianguo found themselves standing at a door.

Zh: 门上写着“卫生间”。
En: The sign on the door read “Restroom.”

Zh: “怎么会这样?我们不是来参观的吗?”建国一脸惊讶。
En: “How could this be? Weren’t we here to tour?” Jianguo looked surprised.

Zh: 丽丽拍了拍小明的肩膀:“我们竟然排了这么久的卫生间队伍。”
En: Lili patted Xiaoming on the shoulder: “We waited in line for so long just for the restroom.”

Zh: 小明尴尬地笑了:“看来我们得重新找参观的地方了。”
En: Xiaoming laughed awkwardly: “Looks like we need to find another place to start our tour.”

Zh: 他们决定重新开始,心情反而轻松起来。
En: They decided to start over, feeling more relaxed.

Zh: 在紫禁城的旅程还有很长,他们继续一起探索,那一刻的笑话也成了他们旅程中难忘的一部分。
En: Their journey in the Forbidden City was still long, and the joke became an unforgettable part of their trip.

Zh: 最终,他们找到了真正的参观路线,见到了美丽的宫殿与珍贵的文物。
En: Eventually, they found the real tour route and saw beautiful palaces and precious artifacts.

Zh: 小明、丽丽,和建国不仅看到了历史,还学会了更加细心观察和分辨。
En: Xiaoming, Lili, and Jianguo not only witnessed history but also learned to be more observant and discerning.

Zh: 这场意外的排队事件,让他们多了一份回忆和笑声。
En: This unintended line-waiting incident gave them extra memories and laughter.

Zh: 紫禁城这一天,他们不仅看到了风景,还收获了友情和快乐。
En: On that day in the Forbidden City, they saw not only the sights but also gained friendship and joy.

Vocabulary Words:
Zh : En
阳光明媚 : sunny
紫禁城 : Forbidden City
游客 : tourists
好好 : thorough
建议 : suggested
不停地 : continuously
历史 : history
世纪 : century
观察 : observing
周围 : surrounding
热闹 : lively
队伍 : queue
缓慢前进 : snail’s pace
疑惑 : doubtful
卫生间 : restroom
惊讶 : surprised
笑 : laugh
尴尬 : awkwardly
轻松 : relaxed
难忘 : unforgettable
最终 : eventually
真正的参观路线 : real tour route
宫殿 : palaces
珍贵 : precious
文物 : artifacts
看到 : witnessed
细心 : observant
分辨 : discerning
事件 : incident