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So To Speak – 白菜价 báicàijià – “Chinese cabbage prices”.

白菜价 báicàijià – “Chinese Cabbage Prices”

“Those are Chinese cabbage prices!” you might shout for a change the next time you flip through the advertising leaflet of your local discount store. The term 白菜价 báicàijià (白菜 báicài “Chinese cabbage” and 价 jià from 价格 jiàgé “price”) is the friendly Chinese version of “underprice” or “knockdown price”.

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