China's National Day Holiday "Golden Week" (October 1-7) has just come to a close.
十一黄金周 / Shíyī Huángjīnzhōu (or 十一 / Shíyī for short) is observed in celebration of the establishment of the People's Republic. It's a week when hundreds of millions of Chinese return home or go traveling.
So how about when the holiday is over and everyone's back to work? How do you discuss your vacation and ask friends or colleagues about their break?
Below are some suggested questions and answers for when you want to catch up with friends or neighbors, or make small-talk in the office elevator.
shíyī wán de zěnmeyàng?
How was your Golden Week holiday?
shíyī qù nǎ'er wán le?
Where did you go for Golden Week?
Shíyī qù nǎ'er chīle?
Where did you go eat during Golden Week?
shíyī zuò shénme le?
What did you do during Golden Week?
qù kān jiālǐ rén ma?
Did you go see family?
xiūxí de zěnmeyàng?
Did you rest and relax OK?
wǒ gēn péngyǒumen qù xīnjiāng lǚyóu le. tài hǎowán le!
I went traveling with friends. We went to Xinjiang Province. It was great!
wǒ qù le húnán shíniúzhài guójiā gōngyuán de hǎoHàn qiáo. tài cìjī le!
I visited the new "Brave Man bridge" in Shiniuzhai Park in Hunan. It was amazing!
shíjiān guò dé tài kuài le!
The time past too quickly!
wǒ huí lǎojiā kān jiālǐ rén le. nǐ ne?
I went home to see family. And you?
jīchǎng lǐ de rén nàme duō! luànqībāzāo de.
The airport was so busy! It was chaos.
fēijī wǎndiǎn le, zhēn fánrén!
My flight was delayed. Really annoying!
wǒ mǎi le zhèxiē xiǎochī sòng gěi nǐmen. shì běndì zhìzuò de. shì yī shì ba!
I bought some little snacks as a gift for you guys. They are locally made. Try it!
wǒ jiù zhái zài jiālǐ le, hǎohǎo xiūxíle yīxià.
I just stayed at home and relaxed.
Feel free to plug in the name of other holidays instead of 十一 when asking about a vacation. These small-talk phrases are fit for all occasions!