Edinburgh Landmarks to get Chinese Names

By: Lauren Beehan, Madalina Dichiu and Marion Guichaoua

Some of Edinburgh’s best-loved tourist attractions have been given new Chinese names to benefit Mandarin visitors.

The new names were announced today after ten weeks of voting by Chinese tourists in the “GREAT names for GREAT Britain” campaign, run by VisitBritain.

It follows a trend of giving famous celebrities and places relatable names in Mandarin.

However, the names do not translate literally from English. They are generally short Chinese symbols that are rich in descriptive meaning.

In total, 23 Scottish landmarks and traditions were given Chinese names, including haggis, which will be Mie Mie Bu Ding or “Baa-Baa Pudding”. The suggested name for the Highland Games is Qun Ying Hui, or “Strong-Man Skirt Party”.

Scotland hosts over 30,000 Chinese tourists each year and the number is increasing.