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Always Read the Signs

November 15, 2018 — Leave a comment

For those of you that have read many of my blogs, you know that sometimes I like to share with you some of the interesting signs I see while traveling. Well, this blog will be dedicated to some of the more eye-catching signs I encountered during my last visit to China. Would you like to see them?

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If I were going to title this sign, I would call it where Montezuma’s Revenge meets Mao’s Revenge! If you have a weak stomach, I would not recommend eating at this restaurant!

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The photograph above was taken in a restroom! Many would think that this potentially awkward and embarrassing situation could be removed with some scheduling considerations, but that isn’t always how it works out. Oh well, at least people receive a fair warning!

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This sign was taken as I waited in line for a taxi at a train station. Yes, we should always try to avoid the irregular taxis!

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We have fake news and fake money in so many places!  Actually, taxi drivers and store clerks are skilled at recognizing “fake money.” I have actually given a bill to a store clerk and they told me the money was a counterfeit. The amazing thing is that the bill was one I had just received from a bank, and I am reasonably certain the banks are not passing out counterfeit money!

Hopefully you enjoyed this edition of interesting signs I spotted while traveling. As usual, I want to encourage you to travel when you can, and read the signs!

Shanghai Signage

September 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is something that international travelers have come to anticipate and enjoy, and that is how signs are used and translated.  Some signs are humorous because the words chosen are very flowery and show a great vocabulary, but most native speakers wouldn’t have chosen to use those words.  Also, some signs just aren’t translated very well, which can always bring a smile to a travelers face.  Another category of signs that may catch your eye are ones that deal with certain subject matter.


As you may recall, China has faced health challenges from SARS and Avian Flu. That is the reason for the sign pictured above.  When you consider China’s population density, you can understand why the leaders of China want to protect the people from an outbreak of illness.


We all know the universal sign for “NO,” but this is one sign I found particularly interesting.  I don’t know about you, but (in the states) I can’t think of many places where people light fireworks in public.  Unless you have been in China, this sign may seem unnecessary to you. Even so, it is very much needed in the Chinese culture.  Fireworks are very common for holidays, weddings, and the grand opening of a new business.  Americans are often amazed by how many fireworks are used in China—especially for the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival as it is called in China.