唐人社区-北美华人论坛-外国人在中国版-Which 行? xíng or háng?|
Hi Chinese Forum community,
I went to a Chinese restaurant today during a particularly busy lunch time. After waiting in line/queue to give them my name and tell them the size of our party, the host asked us for our cell/mobile phone number and told us that we'll receive a text message when they're about ready to seat us. The restaurant is located inside a mall in the US, and this allowed us to walk around the mall and shop (if we wanted to) while we were waiting for a table. (The wait was particularly long, estimated at about one and a half hours.)
After walking around the mall for about one and a half hours, I received a text message telling me to come back to the restaurant. When we got back to the restaurant, I wasn't sure which line to get in. It's a good thing I asked one of the staff because I almost got in the line for the bar, which would have been the wrong line. The staff member pointed me to the line I should get in. When I got to the front of that line, I noticed a sign in English and in Chinese which read: "Texted Guests Line. 收到餐館短信的客人，請排此行。" (I attached a picture of the actual sign to this post if you want to look at it.)
My question is this: How do I read the 行 character on that sign? Is it xíng or háng?
Most of the time when I encounter 行, it's xíng. The only time I've encountered it as háng is in the word for bank 銀行 (yínháng). However, after reading through the various potential meanings of 行 in my Chinese-English dictionary, I'm beginning to wonder if it's háng in this case. Which is it?
Also, could anyone help me break down the 請排此行 part of the sentence please? I understand it as "please form a line/queue here" or perhaps more naturally "please line up here" or "please queue up here". Is this the right way for me to understand this sentence? I know 排 from the 排隊 / 排队, which I know means "to line up" or "to queue up". If they had written "請在這裡排隊", I would have completely understood. But instead, they wrote "請排此行". Does this mean exactly the same thing?
Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate it.