Happy Valentine’s Day – 10 Different Ways to Say I Love You in Chinese!

It’s Valentine’s Day 情人节快乐 (Qíng rén jié kuài lè), but as they say, every day should be Valentine’s Day. I love you 我爱你 (Wǒ ài nǐ) – is probably the most important combination of three words in the English language. 

Saying the phrase is so common in English-speaking countries that it has become a normal part of people’s language. However, if you say I love you 我爱你 (Wǒ ài nǐ) in China, people will probably think you’re weird.

In this article, we’ll make sure that you learn the appropriate way to say I love you in China.

Unique Ways to Say I Love You in China

Like the rest of the world, China celebrates Valentine’s Day but it’s called:

Double Seventh Festival

The festival falls on the 7th day of the 7th Chinese lunar month. In 2020 that’s August 25 (Tuesday).

The Double Seventh Festival is based on an ancient legend romance between an ox herder and a basket weaver.

The most appropriate way to say I love you in Chinese is:

I like you / I fancy you
Wǒ xǐhuan nǐ

There are many ways to tell your loved ones how much you love 喜欢 them. Here are a few unique ways that are popular in China:

I want to be with you
wǒ xiǎng gēn nǐ zài yīqǐ

Dong Shan Cai (Shen Yue) and Dao Ming Si (Wang He Di) want to be together in the C-drama, Meteor Garden.

I miss you / I’m thinking of you
wǒ xiǎng nǐ

I will always stay with you
wǒ huì yīzhí péizhe nǐ)

“I will always stay with you”, this is an expression of love we often hear from our parents.

In my eyes, you are the most beautiful
zài wǒ yǎn lǐ nǐ shì zuì měi de

520 (wǔ èr líng)
我爱你 (sounds a little like wǒ ài nǐ)
I love you

530 (wǔ sān líng)
我想你 (sounds a little like wǒ xiǎng nǐ) “I miss you”

880 (bā bā líng)
抱抱你 (sounds a little like bào bào nǐ) “Hug you”

I love you more than 99 iPhones.
Wǒ ài nǐ shèngguò 99 gè àifēng
This is symbolic of the man who went viral for proposing to his girlfriend with 99 iPhones.

My love for you is beyond index.
Wǒ duì nǐ de ài wúyǐyánbiǎo
This means beyond the normal range.

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Content crafter at China Admissions with nine years of professional writing experience. Fil-Chinese who honors my heritage every day. On a fascinating journey exploring China and tracing my ancestry. See China through my lens.
Christine Chiu

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