Can You Guess the New Chinese Names for These British Icons?

The Shard or Star Plucking Tower. (Francisco Garcia del Val/Wikimedia Commons)
The Shard or Star Plucking Tower. (Francisco Garcia del Val/Wikimedia Commons)

Ever wanted to visit the Star Plucking Tower or the White Gold Splendid Palace?

Well, now you can…

A $2.5 million tourism campaign to bring more Chinese to the United Kingdom has produced some funny new monikers for 101 landmarks, and events.

British tourism agency VisitBritain ran a 10-week-long social media contest on WeChat and Weibo, and received 13,000 suggestions from the Chinese public.

By giving these famous attractions a Mandarin name, the aim is to double the number of Chinese visitors to the UK by 2020. Nearly 200,000 already Chinese travel to the UK each year, spending around $770 million.

Here are some of the highlights:

 

Stone Henge or Ju Shi Zhen (Huge Stone Clusters)

Stone Henge or Ju Shi Zhen (Huge stone clusters). (Image: Rob Young/Wikimedia Commons)

Stone Henge or Huge stone clusters. (Image: Rob Young/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Big Ben or Da Ben Zhong (Big Dumb Clock)

Big Ben or Ben Da Zhong. (Image: Robert Swinney/Wikimedia Commons)

Big Ben or Big Dumb Clock. (Image: Robert Swinney/Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Gherkin or Xiao Huang Gua (Pickled Little Cucumber)

The Gherkin or Little Pickled Cucumber. (Andy Wright/Wikimedia Commons)

The Gherkin or Little Pickled Cucumber. (Andy Wright/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Buckingham Palace or Bai Jin Han Gong (White Gold Splendid Palace)

Buckingham Palace of White, Gold and Splendid Palace. (Rept0n1x/Wikimedia Commons)

Buckingham Palace or White Gold Splendid Palace. (Rept0n1x/Wikimedia Commons)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll or Jian Feu Cun (Healthy Lung Village)

Llanfairpwll... or Healthy Lung Village. (Chris McKenna/Wikimedia Commons)

The station at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll in Wales or Healthy Lung Village. (Chris McKenna/Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Shard or Zhai Xing Ta (Star Plucking Tower)

The Shard or Star Plucking Tower. (Francisco Garcia del Val/Wikimedia Commons)

The Shard or Star Plucking Tower. (Francisco Garcia del Val/Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Highland Games or Qun Ying Hui (Strongman Skirt Party)

Tossing the caber at the Highland Games or Strongman Skirt Party. (Martyn Gorman/Wikimedia Commons)

Tossing the caber at the Highland Games or Strongman Skirt Party. (Martyn Gorman/Wikimedia Commons)

 

And here are a couple of extra ones for your amusement—these British icons already had Chinese names before the contest!

 

Benedict Cumberbatch or Curly Fu

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch or Curly Fou. (DalWang92/Wikimedia Commons)

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch played Sherlock Holmes or Curly Fu in the TV series ‘Sherlock.’ (DalWang92/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Mr Bean or Han Dou (Funny Beans)

Mr. Bean in a skit in Shanghai. (Image: 163.com)

Comedian Rowan Atkinson plays Mr Bean or Funny Beans. (Image: 163.com)

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