All these photos are from within the last couple weeks, some from yesterday. The translations are definitely suspect.
“Donkey meat take-out”
Trying to read signs pays off. I recently ‘discovered’ that there’s a donkey meat restaurant on my way to the gym. Donkey meat is good!
“Donkey meat take-out” / å¤–å– é©´è‚‰ / wÃ i mÃ i lÇ˜ rÃ²u
“No making a ruckus”
From a nearby vegetable market:
“Civilly do business, compete fairly, it’s forbidden in the market to make a noisy ruckus”
wÃ©nmÃng jÄ«ngshÄng, gÅngpÃng jÃ¬ng zhÄ“ng, shÃ¬chÇŽng jÃ¬nzhÇ xuÄnhuÃ¡ chÇŽonÃ o
Civilized bus riding
From a bus stop in Beijing:
“Please line up and wait for the bus, civilly swipe your card, orderly get off the bus”
qÇng pÃ¡iduÃ¬ hÃ²u chÄ“, wÃ©nmÃng shuÄ kÇŽ, shÃ¹nxÃ¹ xiÃ chÄ“
“Orderly get on the bus, politely take your seat, respect the old and cherish the young, civilly ride the bus”
yÇ’u xÃ¹ shÃ ng chÄ“, lÇmÃ o shÃ ng zuÃ², zÅ«n lÇŽo Ã i yÃ²u, wÃ©nmÃng chÃ©ng chÄ“
Nothing that special; I was just happy that I could actually read something! We were in Beijing seeing friends that we hadn’t visited for over a year. Last time we had to speak mostly in English and couldn’t read signs like this. This time we used 99.9% Chinese and could get around no problem.
Post-Olympics Tianjin banners on the left (not the best translation):
“With this well-loved place, establish a happy homeland /
Harmonious Tianjin, Joyful New Year’s Day”
åŒåœ¨ä¸€æ–¹çƒåœŸï¼Œå…±å»ºç¾Žå¥½å®¶å› / å’Œè°å¤©æ´¥ï¼Œæ¬¢åº¦å…ƒæ—¦
tÃ³ngzÃ i yÄ« fÄng rÃ¨ tÇ”, gÃ²ng jiÃ n mÄ›ihÇŽo jiÄyuÃ¡n / hÃ©xiÃ© tiÄnjÄ«n, huÄn dÃ¹ yuÃ¡ndÃ n
On the right, one of the many surfaces on Tianjin University campus completely covered in ads for daily/hourly rental bedrooms. There’s a booming market in daily/hourly use rooms and “love hotels” near college campuses in China.
Curse you, Beijing signage!
They told us we’d need to learn characters in China, but they never mentioned night vision! Us and a bunch of other people looking for the Beijing South Train Station wandered around last night in sub-zero temperatures in the wind following conflicting signage and conflicting directions from random passerbyers until we backtracked and took a closer look at this particular sign, or more specifically, the home-made one beside it, which says the train station is the other way:
Nice that they scribbled out the arrow for us! (Construction has made the area a little chaotic, and the bus routes and stuff apparently haven’t been changed yet.)