Category Archives: Strange signs

Getting straight to the point – Signs in China lost in translation

*Warning – don’t read this post if you are easily offended! Ages ago I accompanied a female friend to one of the big Chinese hospitals where she was to see a consultant.  In many ways it seemed very much the … Continue reading

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Your guess is as good as mine – Signs in China lost in translation

I haven’t a clue as to what this sign means – however I suspect that the Swiss/Switzerland  would not be happy about being publicly linked to a slum joint. Don’t they pride themselves on being cleaner, greener and superior to … Continue reading

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Don’t be cruel to plants – Signs in China Lost in Translation

In the UK we are used to having orders barked at us – No Ball Games, No loitering, Don’t Walk on the Grass…etc. Here in China the authorities are far more touchy-feely, judging by these signs. It breaks your heart, … Continue reading

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Watch your step! – signs in China lost in translation

As someone who was unfortunate enough (or was it careless enough?) to break the same ankle twice in the past decade, I take this sign very, very seriously – and am extremely careful how I slip!

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Who lives in a place like this? Signs in China lost in translation

This is carved into a panel in the foyer of one of the many new – very expensive – apartment blocks here in China. The big question is, who would choose to live in a place like this – suggestions … Continue reading

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Grumble, grumble, grumble – signs in China lost in translation

I haven’t a clue what this is advertising, but what I do know is my stomach and intestine don’t talk – they grumble!

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Elephants not permitted – signs in China lost in translation

I’m rather pleased to have found this roadsign to add to my growing collection of uniquely Chinese signs.I presume it means no heavily loaded vehicles are permitted, but I just love the thought that it just might really mean that … Continue reading

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Uncultivated ground – signs in China lost in translation

I came across this sign when wandering through the Panjiayuan antique market one weekend. In this increasingly hectic world there is a lot to be said for a period of ‘lying fallow’, an old expression which originates from agriculture meaning … Continue reading

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Animal bullying? – signs in China lost in translation

I do much of my household shopping at a big shopping centre which is situated on a major road. Every time I go there I am intrigued by this sign which is on the 2nd floor of a building opposite. … Continue reading

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Thought for the day – signs in China lost in translation!

So think carefully when shaving, plucking eyebrows, having a Brazilian, or deciding on a tattoo! During the past months in China I have come across many public notices that seem hilarious to Westerners, so have decided that this picture will … Continue reading

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