Chinese Address Formats | Western Addresses

For some reason we ended up discussing the difference in address formats between China and the West.

In Chinese you write an address on an enveloppe in the following format

Chinese Street Addresses

Country
Province,
City, Postal code
Street name
Name of Recipient

In the West (actually in almost any other country) you write an address like this

Name of Recipient
Street name
Postal code, City (In the US this a reversed)
Country

Collectivism versus Individualism?

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7 Responses to “Chinese Address Formats | Western Addresses”

  1. Liuzhou Laowai
    November 6th, 2005 08:56
    1

    Come on! Collectivism versus Individualism? Ever seen Chinese people get on a bus? Or buy the last bit of pork in the market? What is Collective about the Chinese people?

    The Chinese way of addressing a letter is perfectly logical. The postman needs to know first the country, then the city, then the street…

  2. Dennis
    July 8th, 2009 09:01
    2

    @Liuzhou Laowai: so, i guess, each postman in china is delivering only one letter a day if they first need to know the country? “O, it’s japan today, so let’s hurry to deliver this letter to japan.”… postmen are wizards in china, right? … perfectly logical ;)

  3. Victor
    July 27th, 2010 18:50
    3

    C’mon Dennis,

    As the piece of mail goes deeper into the country you move further down the list until it gets to name of the person it was intended for. Similar to packets sent over the internet.

    In any case, using online systems from USPS, UPS and Fed Ex give you boxes to enter infomation step by step. Here’s a more complex example for one of my vendors:

    China
    Nanshan
    Shenzhen, 518054
    Nan Hai Ave
    Peng Du Bldg
    Unit A
    Room 2503
    AsterGem & Jewelry

  4. Hsing
    August 18th, 2010 22:55
    4

    @liuzhou laowai:
    Oh my gosh, you just made my day! That’s totally what I was thinking! ;)

    And yes, the chinese way of addressing letters makes perfect sense to me~

  5. grace
    October 6th, 2010 02:41
    5

    Republic of China (ROC) refers specifically to Taiwan. Mainland China should be the PRC - People’s Republic of China.

  6. Melvin
    October 26th, 2010 17:19
    6

    I am an American recently married to a Chinese lady. We are filling out the forms to get her a visa to go to America. On the form they want her mother’s address in China.

    She tells me it is as follows:
    Yabuli Forestry Bureau in Heilonjiang Province.
    Shangzhi six groups of the sixth committee of the 10 the residents.

    Will an address like that actually get delivered?????

  7. Zoroaster
    April 7th, 2011 12:29
    7

    I know it’s years old, but this post made me LOL. Collectivism vs individualism?

    As Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…”

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