Sweet! I found a bunch of Chinese riddles. Read the Chinese and try to guess the word! This is VERY short, lower-intermediate reading.

Learn to Read Chinese Online: Intermediate Chinese Character Simplified Riddles and JokesSome of the riddles I found are impossible, because not only is the riddle hard, the answer is a kind of fruit or plant or thing I’ve never heard of, so I’m skipping past all those and over the next few days I’ll post a few riddles that are answerable for those of us who didn’t grow up in the southern Yao jungles or whatever.

I think the most interesting word in this text is 青. I see this word everywhere, and I’ve never been able to come up with an English equivalent. It’s not green, and it’s not blue… well, it’s not actually a color. It means “the color that nature is”. It can be used to describe a clear green pond. It can be used to talk about trees or grass. So it’s not actually a specific hue, but the word is used as if it is. Someone feel free to dive in if you can think of a good translation for this.

This particular riddle kinda rhymes in Chinese, so when you’ve sorted out the words, read it out loud.

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青 – qīng – Nature’s color – green or blue
烤 – kǎo – Roast
晒 – shài – Dry in the sun
腾 – teng – To soar
驾 – jià – To pilot a vehicle (to drive a car, sail a boat, ride a wave, etc.)
雾 – – Fog, mist

枝绿叶不是菜, 有的来有的烧着吃,不能锅里煮熟卖。

Hint: this is a type of plant.

Translation: Green branches green leaves but it’s not a vegetable, some roast it and some dry it, soaring on clouds and sailing the mist it’s consumed, it’s not sold boiled in a pot.

Answer: 烟叶 (Tobacco)

9 comments to "Riddle: Guess the Word 1"

  1. I have a question regarding Chinese riddles,


    what is the answer to this?

    • I couldn’t figure this one out myself, but a baidu search tells us the answer is “画” – or “a painting”.


      “In a painting, the mountains have color, but the water has no sound. When springtime has passed, the flowers do not wither, and in a painting birds don’t fly away.”

    • Answer: According to your riddle,It tells me that you’re describing a “Picture”

  2. Reply BIargh Cake xD says: November 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hmm… I think it is a tobbaco

    I hope I’m right!

  3. Reply BlueDinoAwesomeness says: November 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm


  4. Reply Random Person says: January 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    was cool

  5. Reply Dui La 3145 says: October 4, 2018 at 5:26 am

    It is Titanoboa not tobbaco.It is sssssssssnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Reply Ngọc Diệp says: November 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Green not a vegetables bút consumed …..and not sold boiled in a pot.Why?

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