Prohibited – Essential Chinese Vocabulary

Probably one of the more important words if you are going to be travelling around China or Taiwan is the word for ‘prohibited’. Used in many situations to inform you that certain actions are not allowed, such as no parking, no entry, no smoking, no eating. If you can’t do it, then you’re guaranteed to see this word. Though most signs with this word are self explanatory there are some cases, like the examples below, were there isn’t a nice comic to accompany the text, so you have to rely on your Chinese ability.


Pinyin: jìn  zhǐ
English: prohibited

Prohibited - Essential Chinese Vocabulary

A common sight in Taiwan are these standing signs, used to reserve parking spaces or protect shop extrances from being blocked by scooters and also, like above, to notify you that entrance to an area is prohibited to vehicles.

Apart from the word for prohibited, which we have already learnt, the other two words are:


Pinyin: qì chē
English: a car; a vehicle


Pinyin: jìn  rù
English: to enter

So now we know that between the hours of 12 and 10pm, cars are prohibited from entering this area (the text below the time is simply the name of the area).

Parking Strictly Prohibited

Here’s another no parking sign, though in this case parking isn’t just prohibited, it’s strictly prohibited.


Pinyin: yán  jìn
English: strictly prohibited; 嚴(严 yán)here meaning strict or servere from the word 嚴格(严格 yán  gé)


Pinyin: tíng  chē
English: to park

Easy, so just keep an eye out for 禁 and you’ll know when some action is prohibited, and most importantly – you won’t get towed for parking in a no-parking zone!

2 responses to “Prohibited – Essential Chinese Vocabulary

    1. Thanks for pointing that out, fixed it 😉 I didn’t have my usual tools when creating this post, and being a Zhuyin and not Pinyin user I don’t always catch Pinyin errors!

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