Sunday, February 1, 2009

Makes me smile






Is it only me or is it so that in China you're never allowed to walk on the nice looking grass?

And this toilet user manual is an old time favorite....

33 comments:

Zhefeng said...

These are very common in China.
所谓的中国特色。

kanmuri said...

You should take a look at www.engrish.com ;)

wiseman1stopcentre said...

yes..agree with u!..make me smile with 1000 questions. something we all to think about it.
creative world!.Thanx

Robert F said...

Hej Jonna,

I love the Chinese signs! It is like some strange kind of poetry.

I always try to take pictures if I find a funny one, here are some: http://www.mittensrike.se/om-kina/engrish/

Shunty : said...

Possibly they won't be allowing.. :)

May said...

Funny! It reminds me of engrish.com where you can find many similar photos.
I've seen many places which do not allow to step on the grass- but it seems like people don't care.

You have a very interesting blog :

WoAi said...

If you look closely, I think that grass sign means you can't walk barefoot. Wearing shoes is fine!

Anonymous said...

Nice looking grass is not always nice treading. I mean, the breed of the grass planted in most Chinese cities is different from that in Europe or America; it is not so endurable for treading.

flowrgirl1 said...

the irony!

Coachdad said...

Great blog...congrats on being a Blog of Note! No grass walking, huh?

Lost in Americana said...

You should post some of these pics to http://www.engrish.com/. They'd love it! By the way, I think these signs are necessary because there are a lot of rude people in China.

Serena said...

Nice blog! I just returned from Nanjing yesterday, and the firecrackers were nonstop. They were everywhere-in the street, on balconies, and in the yards-all the time! as for the grass, there is pretty much no grass at all in China, so I guess they want to keep it there by not allowing people to walk on it.

the clam said...

Haha, love the first pic (the trashcan).

And the toilet one too!
Nice blog ;).

-t.c.

Bo said...

Nah, nothing personal. its a general rule that people cannot walk on nice looking grass to protect grass from being stepped to complete death.

Tripfriend said...

I love the odd translations I see around town. At an auditorium there was a big sign on the side of the stage that said, "NO BLATANCY."

I usually see a lot of funny signs at hostels too.

Miss Jane said...

Gotta love Engrish. Whenever you are sad or having a bad day, make sure you go to Engrish.com.

Reggie said...

Thank you. I needed a good laugh.

Smalltown Girl said...

So...am I correct in that the trashcan has you sorting regular trash from recyclables...but it all goes to the same place? Is this normal or did someone mess up when putting stickers on that can?

An Open Book said...

i'm new to this & i just saw your post & it's very interesting. i recently learned a bit about China so it's especially interesting to read your blog now. it's a very different culture from where i live!

Avi said...

Hello Jonna!
I really admire your blog and things you're writing over here. Now I'm absolutely fascinated with China!
Good luck with learning Chinese!

P.S. You're not allowed to walk on the grass in my country (Poland) too! lol I know, weird country! lol

Anna M Blanch said...

Congrats on Blog of Note! Very interesting cultural/personal blog.

Jonna Wibelius said...

Yeah, engrish is great fun :)

At my old gym in Shanghai there was a sign over the toilet going: 'please flash the toilet before you leave.'

Classic!

Jono said...

I guess that with the sheer volume of pedestrians in China, even the largest patches of grass could be turned into something resembling the Gobi desert in a matter of hours...

Mark's Blog said...

I can confirm the grass one, it is the same in Xi'an, but probably more romantic, like "our little grass is cute, do not hurt me"

Barb said...

Well the grass thing sounds familiar and those colourful bushes and lawns during the olympics were impressive I saw on the net. I visited my sister in China in 2005 and found the place and people lovely. My sister has recently moved on to Thailand, but after being there for years she still was struggling to learn the language. Barb

Abby Quijano said...

that's funny >.< sometimes i can't help but feel embarrassed for them though -__-

Reddie said...

Great collection! Have fun adding on!

firsttree said...

Watch the world in your own way,:)good discovery.

披雲居士 said...

I think you can't walk on the grass in many place because the population who can walk across is so high that can kill the grasses.

You're not allowed to walk on grass in many places (even in some parks) in Hong Kong also because of that reason.

famous landscape oil painting reproductions said...

Now in China, there are many foreigner, so it is common to make sign like this, but sometime, the English is wrong!

Perpetually Confused said...

OMG! How communism is the same everywhere! This SO reminds me of Russia, my home country. This is precious! When I am struck by the wave of nostalgia, I'll make sure to visit China. LOL

Daniel said...

Thanks for this. Nothing like a bit of comic relief after lunch :)

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