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StChris

I saw many slogans like this written on the side of the hills and mountains while cycling through the 甘孜 Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province last spring:

 

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This one says "感党恩  爱祖国  奔小康". Roughly translated: "Be grateful to the party, love your country, strive to be middle-class". I noticed it when I went with a friend to look for a valuable type of caterpillar fungus, called 虫草. There were also a large group of locals there, all looking to 奔小康 by finding the fungus and then selling it in the market (apparently, a single large piece can fetch potentially fetch several hundred RMB). Unfortunately, despite the encouragement of the mountainside slogan, my friend and I both left empty handed.

mungouk

Hello Signese

Thanks to @roddy for inviting me to join in here... most of what I post will probably be quite simple due to my level.

 

What's going on here?  Taken in a hotel dining room in Nanjing.

 

 

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Publius

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Trivia: Do you know the name of that bunny character?

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Tuzki (兔斯基)

I decided to post this picture, and one thing led to another, I read a sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov. What a wonderful afternoon.

 

Publius

Double entendre

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I was quite shocked when I saw this poster last week. It can't be, can it? Do I have a particularly dirty mind, I asked myself. Well, dirty maybe, particularly definitely not, I concluded. This is a well-known wordplay. So well-known that whoever made this poster had to use quotation marks to eliminate ambiguity. But the quotation marks only serve to remind the reader that there is another reading. So the shock was calculated. Which leaves me wondering how low can you go in advertising these days. (For anyone who doesn't get it, 下面 = the nether regions.)

Publius

Know Your Kung Fu

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If you don't know better, you'd think everybody in China knows Kung Fu. Well, pretty much. They may not be a practitioner, but they surely know the terms like 七傷拳 and 金鐘罩 from Wuxia novels:) Do you?

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Top oranges

This is a Yunnan specialty orange which is not mass produced and it commands a slightly higher price. They have a thin skin and very sweet, juicy flesh. The seller stands behind them, as you can see. Not sure I've ever seen a similar sign on other fruits and vegetables at the market. I bought a bag of them yesterday.  Fine eating!

 

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What are you forbidden to do here?

At Kunming airport yesterday, hanging on the wall behind the western-style toilet in one of the stalls. 

 

 

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China loves "government by slogan" 口号治国。But still, why is such an admonition needed here? 

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