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Shanghai in Chinese / Japanese...

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China shàng hǎi
Japan shan hai
Shanghai Vertical Wall Scroll

上海 is the Chinese and Japanese name for Shanghai, China.

When pronounced as, Joukai, it can be a surname in Japanese.

Ocean / Sea

China hǎi
Japan umi
Ocean / Sea Vertical Wall Scroll

海 is the character often used for sea or ocean in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In some context, this can refer to the beach, or an area near the sea, such as "Shanghai" (same hai is the second character of Shanghai).

If you are looking for a universal word for ocean or sea - or can't decide which character for ocean or sea that you want, pick this one!

海 is also a common female given name in Japan - also a good name for a restaurant as "Umi Sushi" would mean "Ocean Sushi Restaurant."

海Please note that our Japanese master calligrapher will tend to write this character in the form shown to the right (a line instead of two dots). Both versions are correct, and can be read in either language. Let us know if you have a preference when you order.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your shanghai search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin shàng hǎi / shang4 hai3
Taiwan shang hai
Japanese shanhai / シャンハイ
Ocean / Sea Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Shanghai municipality, central east China, abbr. to 滬|沪[Hu4]
Japanese Shanghai (China); (surname) Joukai; (place-name) Shanhai


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Mandarin dù wēi / du4 wei1
Taiwan tu wei
Ocean / Sea Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Du Wei (1982-), Shanghai soccer star; Dewey (name)


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Mandarin huá jī / hua2 ji1
Taiwan hua chi
Japanese kokkei / kokke / こっけい
Ocean / Sea Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese comical; funny; amusing; old pr. [gu3 ji1]; huaji, a form of comedy performance popular in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) funny; comical; humorous; laughable; (2) ridiculous; silly; absurd

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Mandarin/ wu2
Taiwan wu
Chinese surname Wu; area comprising southern Jiangsu, northern Zhejiang and Shanghai; name of states in Southern China at different historical periods

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Mandarin/ hu4
Taiwan hu
Chinese short name for Shanghai

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Mandarin shēn / shen1
Taiwan shen
Japanese saru / さる
Chinese to extend; to state; to explain; 9th earthly branch: 3-5 p.m., 7th solar month (7th August-7th September), year of the Monkey; ancient Chinese compass point: 240°; old name for Shanghai 上海[Shang4 hai3]; surname Shen
Japanese ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Monkey, 3pm-5pm, west-southwest, July); (surname) Suu; (surname, given name) Shin; (personal name) Shigeru; (place-name) Saru
To draw out, stretch, extend, expand; notify, report: quote.


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Mandarin shàng hé / shang4 he2
Taiwan shang ho
Japanese jougou / jogo / じょうごう
Chinese SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation); abbr. for 上海合作組織|上海合作组织[Shang4 hai3 He2 zuo4 Zu3 zhi1]
Japanese (obscure) (See 外合) superior conjunction; (place-name) Kamiai


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Mandarin shàng qì / shang4 qi4
Taiwan shang ch`i / shang chi
Chinese abbr. for 上海汽車工業集團|上海汽车工业集团, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC)



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Mandarin shàng zhèng / shang4 zheng4
Taiwan shang cheng
Chinese Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), abbr. for 上海證券交易所|上海证券交易所[Shang4 hai3 Zheng4 quan4 Jiao1 yi4 suo3]



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Mandarin jīng hù / jing1 hu4
Taiwan ching hu
Chinese Beijing and Shanghai



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Mandarin huì fēng / hui4 feng1
Taiwan hui feng
Chinese Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)



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Mandarin nán huì / nan2 hui4
Taiwan nan hui
Chinese Nanhui former district of Shanghai, now in Pudong New District 浦東新區|浦东新区[Pu3 dong1 xin1 qu1], Shanghai



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Mandarin wú sōng / wu2 song1
Taiwan wu sung
Chinese Wusong river and dock area in Shanghai



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Mandarin wú yǔ / wu2 yu3
Taiwan wu yü
Chinese Wu dialects (spoken primarily in Shanghai and surrounding areas)



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Mandarin zhōu zhuāng / zhou1 zhuang1
Taiwan chou chuang
Chinese Zhouzhuang, old canal town between Shanghai and Suzhou, tourist attraction


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Mandarin jiā dìng / jia1 ding4
Taiwan chia ting
Japanese yoshisada / よしさだ    katei / kate / かてい    kajou / kajo / かじょう
Chinese Jiading district of northwest Shanghai; final reign name 1208-1224 of South Song emperor Ningzong 寧宗|宁宗[Ning2 zong1]
Japanese (given name) Yoshisada; (personal name) Katei; (given name) Kajou



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Mandarin wài tān / wai4 tan1
Taiwan wai t`an / wai tan
Japanese waitan / わいたん
Chinese the Shanghai Bund or Waitan
Japanese (place-name) The Bund (Shanghai, China)



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Mandarin dà shà / da4 sha4
Taiwan ta sha
Chinese (used in the names of grand buildings such as 百老匯大廈|百老汇大厦 Broadway Mansions (in Shanghai) or 帝國大廈|帝国大厦 Empire State Building etc)



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Mandarin fèng xián / feng4 xian2
Taiwan feng hsien
Chinese Fengxian suburban district of Shanghai


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Mandarin yáo míng / yao2 ming2
Taiwan yao ming
Chinese Yao Ming (1980-), retired Chinese basketball player, played for CBA Shanghai Sharks 1997-2002 and for NBA Houston Rockets 2002-2011



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Mandarin bǎo shān / bao3 shan1
Taiwan pao shan
Japanese houzan / hozan / ほうざん
Chinese Baoshang District of Shanghai; Baoshan District of Shuangyashan city 雙鴨山|双鸭山[Shuang1 ya1 shan1], Heilongjiang; Baoshan or Paoshan township in Hsinchu County 新竹縣|新竹县[Xin1 zhu2 Xian4], northwest Taiwan
Japanese (personal name) Houzan
jewel mountain


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Mandarin chóng míng / chong2 ming2
Taiwan ch`ung ming / chung ming
Japanese takaakira / takakira / たかあきら    takaaki / takaki / たかあき    suumei / sume / すうめい
Chinese Chongming island county, Shanghai
Japanese (given name) Takaakira; (given name) Takaaki; (given name) Suumei


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Mandarin chuān shā / chuan1 sha1
Taiwan ch`uan sha / chuan sha
Chinese Chuansha, name of street and park in Pudong New District 浦東新區|浦东新区[Pu3 dong1 xin1 qu1], Shanghai



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Mandarin fù dà / fu4 da4
Taiwan fu ta
Chinese Fudan University, Shanghai, abbr. for 復旦大學|复旦大学[Fu4 dan4 Da4 xue2]



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Mandarin fù dàn / fu4 dan4
Taiwan fu tan
Chinese Fudan University, Shanghai, abbr. for 復旦大學|复旦大学[Fu4 dan4 Da4 xue2]


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Mandarin sōng jiāng / song1 jiang1
Taiwan sung chiang
Japanese matsue / まつえ    shoue / shoe / しょうえ
Chinese Songjiang suburban district of Shanghai
Japanese (p,s,f) Matsue; (f,p) Shoue



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Mandarin pǔ dōng / pu3 dong1
Taiwan p`u tung / pu tung
Japanese puudon / pudon / プードン    hotou / hoto / ほとう    urahigashi / うらひがし    uratou / urato / うらとう
Chinese Pudong, subprovincial district of Shanghai
Japanese (place-name) Pudong (Shanghai International Airport); (place-name) Hotou; (surname) Urahigashi; (surname) Uratou



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Mandarin hù shàng / hu4 shang4
Taiwan hu shang
Chinese alternative name for Shanghai 上海[Shang4 hai3]; at (or in) Shanghai



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Mandarin hù jù / hu4 ju4
Taiwan hu chü
Chinese Shanghai opera



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Mandarin hù níng / hu4 ning2
Taiwan hu ning
Chinese Shanghai and Nanjing

Search for Shanghai in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Shanghai上海shan hai / shanhaishàng hǎi
shang4 hai3
shang hai
umihǎi / hai3 / hai

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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