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In what contexts are both used to mean ice-cream? Is one used in more formal occasions?

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冰激凌 is the translation in Mainland China.
冰淇淋 is used in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Hong Konger also call ice-cream as 雪糕.

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    冰淇淋 is used in mainland China too, and according to my observation in mainland, this one is used more often. While formally speaking, both of them are included in 《现代汉语词典》. – Stan Apr 28 '14 at 10:35
  • In my life experience (I grew up in northern China), 冰淇淋 is not the same as 雪糕. 雪糕 are something like a long bar, with a wooden stick to hold it. 冰淇淋 are more likely to be something inside a plastic or paper case and eaten by a wooden spoon. – zsf222 Apr 29 '14 at 15:50
  • Names are really a regional thing. The bar with a stick thing is 冰棒 to me. – user58955 Apr 29 '14 at 20:22
  • 冰淇淋 is used way more often than 冰激凌 in Mainland China. This answer is not correct. 雪糕 is, as zsf222 said, a slightly different form of icecream. – deutschZuid May 1 '14 at 4:00
  • in my hometown Xi'an I only heard about 冰淇淋 but never heard 冰激凌 in childhood – 賈可 Jacky Oct 19 '17 at 3:35
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They are the same and 冰淇淋 is used more offen.

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