The appreciation of beauty is a universal trait, and provides an engaging topic of conversation. The Mandarin Chinese phrase for “beautiful” or “pretty” is ►piào liàng, and can be used to describe people, places, or objects.
Piào liàng consists of two characters: 漂亮. The first character, 漂 (piào) means “elegant” or “polished.” The second character, 亮 (liàng) means “light,” or “bright.”
The literal translation of piào liàng, then, is “elegant and bright.”
Examples of Piao Liang
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►Nǐ de yī fu hěn piào liàng.
Your clothes are very pretty.
►Táiwān de tài lǔ gé fēng jǐng hěn piào liàng.
Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge is a beautiful place.