Three Chinese Phrases that Celebrate Women. Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s Day, or what we called 妇女节 fù nǚ jié in Chinese. In 1949, coinciding with the founding of modern China, Women’s Day became an official public holiday to celebrate women’s skills and achievements.

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve selected three Chinese phrases that celebrate women.


fù nǚ néng dǐng bàn biān tiān

Meaning: women can lift half the sky. This Chinese phrase, first uttered by Mao Zedong and one of his most famous phrases, wants to tell us that women can do everything that men can do.

yī xiào qiān jīn

Meaning: A smile of a thousand pieces of gold. The smile of a beautiful woman is worth a thousand pieces of gold.



bù ài hóngzhuāng ài wǔzhuāng

Meaning: Prefer the armor to the dress. This phrase was also first uttered by Mao Zedong in a poem he wrote for the female soldier in the army. This phrase is an expression of his appreciation towards the brave and strong women.

To all the women out there, let’s keep learning and grow stronger together! 妇女能顶半边天, 加油!


P.S. if you are interested in learning more useful Chinese words, phrases, and expressions, do check out Online Chinese Language Course with Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU).

Student Recruitment Manager at China Admissions. Originally from Indonesia but based in Beijing, China since 2017, and has been loving her life and journey in China ever since. Got a Master's degree from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing back in 2019.
Nadia Wijaya

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