Apparently, as bad as I am at distinguishing one character from another in my textbook, I’m much worse when it comes to characters painted onto the bottom of a cut-off barrel.
But I think the jist goes something like this:
We’re building a wall! And tarring a road! People should not come down this road!
But then again, I could be wrong in my interpertation. There were quite a few people walking down that road.
Then again, the Chinese have a really weird love/hate relationship with rules and instructions, so who knows really.
Ok, fine you are right. The people who can read Mandarin know.
Sometimes living in China makes me feel a little like an illiterate 5 year old all over again, desperately trying to understand the connection between the written language and every day life.
Anyways, I saw that sign on the way to dinner, my first real foray into the outside world today.
On the way home I saw this:
Why? Why the stripes?
a) Because smart cars are so wee that they need optical illusions to be seen on the road?
b) Because the stripes are a tactic adopted by the herds of (fake) Smart cars to confuse all of the big, ferocious, lion be-decked Hummers on the road?
c) Because detailing your car with all sorts of patterns, stripes, and flagrant copyright abuses (Jeep logos on a Honda Civic anyone?) is one way to stand out in a city increasingly full of nearly identical vehicles?
I’m going to go with C, although I won’t rule out B. The Hummers in this city do seem a little predatory sometimes…
Happy Friday to all, and to all a great Friday night, whenever it reaches your timezone.