山寨 (shānzhài)

As I’ve been teaching myself some Mandarin lately, I figure it’s about time I find something funny there. 🙂

After a brief search around, I found the word 山寨 (shānzhài). Literally, it is a compound word that means mountain (山) village/stronghold (寨). However, its actual de facto meaning is more like “knockoff” products.

Though sounding rather accusatory, the term knockoff here is actually quite apt. And although knockoff products can appear anywhere in the world, China somehow has managed to really make a name for itself in this arena, as there are whole industries devoted to making imitation products, such as:

Restaurants:


Clothes:


Ummmmmm:

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

Source:
Wikipedia

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5 thoughts on “山寨 (shānzhài)

      • Well, it doesn’t matter which 山寨版 is the 山寨版 of the 山寨版 (or if it’s even a 山寨版 of a 山寨版, it might just be a 山寨版 B), a 山寨版’s 山寨版 is still a 山寨版, which in the end is fake. Everybody just copies off each other. You get this so much from the lower end consumer electronics market. An ugly place to be in. 🙂

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