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I had been traveling for about 30 hours when I saw this ramp going to a jet in India. Perhaps it was my lack of sleep, but I thought this advertisement was really funny.  By the way, I was using an airline called Spice Jet. It makes me wonder where they got their name!

Speaking of advertising, how about this for a jingle to remember! I can’t remember the last time I saw a Lucky Strike cigarette, so this display really caught my eye.

I like the guilt trip this message places on smokers. If you don’t care about harming yourself, think about those around you! 

Are L&Ms more harmful than other cigarettes?  It seemed interesting to me that this brand had each type of warning message on it. Talk about buyer beware!

When I saw this sign, I thought, is the leader of this department called an Air Head? To me the irony was overwhelming, but I had been traveling for about 33 hours straight at this point of my trip!

When you are traveling, please keep your head up, eyes open, and camera ready. You never know when you will see something amazing, beautiful, or in this case, funny. 

Enjoy your travels!

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!

With Global Partners in Life returning from another trip to China, I wanted to share with you some of the sights enjoyed on the trip. Are you ready to see them?

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Since the World Cup is being hosted by Russia this year, I had to share this with you. Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world? It is equally popular in China, and they take it very seriously. As you can see, this soccer field is equipped to be utilized at night. Seeing a soccer field is very common at schools in China when the schools have some land to use. Many private schools will incorporate a soccer field into their playground, and some of them are made of a soft surface like the new running tracks.

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This photo was taken at a coffee shop in China. Do you know what this device is for? This piece of technology allows you to have 3 options to pay for your purchase. It will read a QR code from your phone, it will read your fingerprint, and it can even do facial recognition. All of those options are linked to a financial account! Wow, I am not sure about all of that! I still prefer to use cash when I am in China!

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Speaking of coffee, I wanted to show you this photo of a sign. I am not a coffee drinker, but I did think coffee was consumed by drinking it . . . not eating it!

Hopefully you enjoyed the sights today! If you have a chance to travel, I encourage you to take advantage of it!

Have you ever looked at something and wondered what happened — and how often it had to happen before someone took steps to correct the situation? Well, that is what struck me when I saw this sign during my last trip. I must caution you, we may have different senses of humor, so what I find funny may be repulsive to you. Are you ready to see what I am talking about?

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Sometimes words are not needed to express your thoughts; just the look on your face says it all. Hopefully it was the Information Booth that suggested this sign and not the janitorial staff.

Since we have drifted into a bathroom theme with this blog, I have yet another photo for you. Again, this was from my last trip, and I had never seen this before. The door was left open for the family bathroom, so I couldn’t resist taking this picture. I actually thought it was cute and didn’t involve an immature sense of humor. Do you agree this is a good idea and adorable?

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This was without a doubt the smallest toilet I had ever seen! It looked even smaller beside a traditional sized toilet, so again, I had to take a photo of it.

I frequently say you never know what you might see when traveling, and I think this blog has proven me to be correct. Enjoy your next trip!

Since I have been fortunate enough to travel to China several times, I have enjoyed reading the signs that been translated into English while I am there. During a recent trip, I encountered a couple signs that I would like to share with you today. Would you like to see them?

More Interesting Signs in China

Perhaps this is a motivational sign; it was located on a store-front looking building. This area has several small businesses, and some mom and pop restaurants. Maybe it is some advertising slogan, but I don’t know. It did, however, catch my eye. One thing that made me notice it was that it wasn’t a very traditional way of conveying a message in China. Usually the signs in China wouldn’t be this challenging to an individual.

More Interesting Signs in China

This sign was amusing and confusing all at the same time. It was taken in a public restroom in Beijing, and I saw it after a friend came out of the restroom laughing and saying I had to go see the sign. I wonder what exactly it was that someone wanted to speak to someone else about, as it is referenced in this sign. If you know, please share the information with me!

The signs I see while traveling are interesting to me. Some of the translations inspire my imagination, while others leave me puzzled.

Have you encountered similar signs or situations as you traveled abroad?



During a recent trip to China, I used trains as one of my main means of transportation. Some were to travel a long distance, some were in the subway, and some were just to move you from one area of the airport to another. All of the trains were full of signs, and I very much appreciated the ones that were also in English. Would you like to see some of the most interesting signs?

What Signs Really Communicate

The sign above was taken in my cabin of a night train, or sleeper train as they are also called. I just found it extremely ironic and slightly funny that there was a No Smoking sign placed in an ash tray. I think it was sending two completely different messages! By the way, people in China smoke more than people in the States, and there is a designated smoking area in the rear of each train car.

What Signs Really Communicate

The second picture I am sharing with you is from the train at the Beijing Capital Airport in Terminal Three. This train has automated doors, so the door sign is giving some wonderful advice! Sometimes these trains are quite crowded, and there is always someone arriving late trying to catch the door in time to ride the train.

There is no moral to this story, just some interesting sights I saw in China.

So when are you going to go to China?



Curious Signs

November 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

During a recent trip to China, I came across something that really caught my eye. When I first started going to China, some of the English translations I would see on signs were pretty funny. I must give credit to the translators, because they have really improved in the last few years.

So there I was in the lobby of terminal 3 (the one that was constructed to handle the influx of travelers during the 2008 Olympic Games) of the Beijing Capital Airport, which is HUGE, and I saw the sign below.

Curious Signs in China

My interpretation of the sign was that something would be closing in our people, but did I mention that the airport was HUGE? So I couldn’t understand this sign, but if anyone can explain it to me, I would love to know! This sign was in the open lobby, so there was nothing around to squeeze anyone.

Maybe this is just one of the mysteries of travelling in another culture!

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.