The ink has barely dried on Airbnb’s new Chinese name, but the jokes have come fast.
To launch Trips in China, U.S. home-rental company showed off a new name to match, Aibiying.
It says Aibiying (爱彼迎) means to “welcome each other with love.”
But the Chinese think it sounds awkward, and isn’t easily understood.
One Weibo user griped that it’s hard to pronounce two similar-sounding syllables one after the other.
He also added that Aibiying sounds more like “to love to fulfill requests” or worse, “to love Bing” — Microsoft’s search engine’s Chinese name is “Biying.” Read more…