2015-12-29intermediate

Christmas Tree - 圣诞树

This year, the price of a Christmas tree in China is only half of last year’s price. The reason for this appears to be a new policy by the Chinese government, but before we look into that, let’s learn how to say “Big Christmas tree price reduction” in Chinese:

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shèng dàn shù
圣诞树
聖誕樹
Christmas tree
big, large
jiàng jià
降价
降價
price reduction
 

Big Christmas tree price reduction.

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So how cheap is it really? You can get a 1.5 meters tall tree including 100 decorations for only 39 yuan, or about 6 dollars.

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xiàn zài
现在
現在
now, at present
 
 
1.5
1.5
meter (classifier)
de
(used after an attribute)
shèng dàn shù
圣诞树
聖誕樹
Christmas tree
jiā shàng
加上
加上
plus, to add
 
100
100
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
zhuāng shì
装饰
裝飾
to decorate
shèng dàn shù
圣诞树
聖誕樹
Christmas tree
yào
must, to need
yòng
to use
dào
(verb complement denoting completion or result of an action)
de
(used after an attribute)
cǎi dēng
彩灯
彩燈
illumination
 
cǎi qiú
彩球
綵球
colorful balls, Christmas balls
děng
et cetera, and so on
 
zhǐ
only, just
yào
must, to need
 
39
39
yuán
Chinese yuan, currency in PRC
 

Nowadays, a 1.5 meters tall Christmas tree including 100 lights, christmas balls and other things required for decorating the tree is only 39 yuan.

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Why is it so cheap? Well, one shop owner says that the biggest reason is the new frugality campaign put forward by the government. Before this policy came about, many companies would buy large Christmas trees to decorate their offices before Christmas. For them, what is important is whether or not the Christmas tree looks good, and not so much the price. But because of the frugality campaign, no companies are buying Christmas trees anymore. Now, it is instead families having small children who buy Christmas trees. These families put more value into whether or not the price is reasonable, and the only way for sellers to guarantee sales volumes is therefore to lower the price.

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yǒu
to have, there is
diàn zhǔ
店主
店主
shop owner
shuō
to speak, to say
 
jīn nián
今年
今年
this year
shèng dàn
圣诞
聖誕
Christmas
zhuāng shì pǐn
装饰品
裝飾品
ornament
big, large
jiàng jià
降价
降價
price reduction
de
(used after an attribute)
zuì
the most
big, large
yuán yīn
原因
原因
cause, origin
shì
is, are
guó jiā
国家
國家
country, nation, state
tí chū
提出
提出
to raise (an issue), to put forward
de
(used after an attribute)
 
jié jiǎn
节俭
節儉
frugal, economical
fēng
custom, manner
 
”。

One shop owner says that the biggest reason for this year's sale on Christmas ornaments is the new frugality campaign put forward by the government.

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