Park you Iron Horse here

Depending on where you are in the Chinese speaking world the word used to describe a bicycle can vary. While most of the words are self explanation this usage is a bit more special. Literally “Iron Horse” I originally thought this word came from Taiwanese, but I am told that it is in common use in other places in China too, and seen here at a 7-11 rest area in Taiwan:
Iron Horse Rest Area

Keywords

鐵馬 (铁马)

Pinyin: tiě mǎ
English: Bicycle

休息站 (休息站)

Pinyin: xiū xí zhàn
English: rest area (station)

Other synonyms for bicycle include:

腳踏車(脚踏车)

Pinyin: jiǎo tà chē

自行車(自行车)

Pinyin: zì xíng chē

單車(单车)

Pinyin: dān chē

洋馬兒(洋马儿)

Pinyin: yáng mǎ ér

Do you know of any words for bicycle that we’ve missed? Or are there any other interesting ways to describe things in Chinese? Let us know below:

  • Interesting. Before I only knew 自行车, but know when I think it, Iron Horse is pretty describing word for bike.

  • Yeah, I originally thought it came from Taiwanese but it seems to be in use in China too. Even though I’ve seen this sign, I’ve still yet to hear anyone refer to a bicyle as an ‘iron horse’ verbally.

  • Pan

    In Sichuanese a bicycle is called a 洋马儿 or foreign horse.

  • @Pan, thanks for the input, i’ve edited the post and added 洋马儿.