Today Victoria Beckham tweeted it. But is this reverse form (as opposed to 北京,你好) correct?

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    Instead of simply throwing out the question, what do you think and why?
    – NS.X.
    Mar 16, 2015 at 19:35

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Both are correct!! 你好,北京 is more like a casual greeting, e.g. Hello World! :D 北京,你好 is more like a greeting with a touch of respect, because you address the name first. Examples are, 张老师,你好 (Teacher Zhang, hello).

  • Thanks, I have the impression, that the 你好,X form sounds more like a machine translation of it's English equivalent.
    – imrek
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02
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    No no. 你好, xxx is widely used.
    – user5737
    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:39

"你好,北京" is usually said by one come to Beijing the first time becaurse Beijing is a new friend to him. However, "北京,你好" is usually used by one has lived in Beijing for many years and he treats Beijing as his old friend.

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