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Government education

Spotted on the way back from a wedding in a local 祠堂 surrounded by chaotically half built houses, attended by 400 people, lots of burning incense and sacrificing animals to ancestors, copious pyrotechnics,  unbelievable amounts of money given and received in 红包's and no doubt a massive 聘礼.

 

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stapler
So this isn't a sign, but it does have Chinese characters. That counts right? Not complicated, weird, or confusing. Just historically interesting. Found in the bottom of a drawer. All up there's 15kg worth and not enough 分 to even make a 角
 

 
abcdefg
Here is the menu for the recent food article in which I reported on three mornings of Cantonese dim sum. This menu is from Yulong Seafood Hotpot Restaurant in Macau, near Ponte 16. The dim sum article is here: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/54982-enjoying-dim-sum/?tab=comments#comment-424075
 
(You can click the photos to enlarge them.)
 

 
 

 
 
The waitress brings a pencil along with the menu, and you put a check mark below the items that you want to eat. She told me it didn't matter which box I checked, one of which is for ordering an item a la carte 单点 and the other for ordering an item as part of a larger meal 加单。
 
She returns later with a typed receipt for the order as it was entered into their system. Always a good idea to double check at that point to be sure there was no mixup. Pricing category designations appear beside the name of the item: 特点,大点,中点,小点。
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I always try to pick up a blank extra menu so I can study it at my leisure later in the day and do a better job of ordering tomorrow.
 
 
abcdefg
Here's another dim sum menu, sort of. This one is especially useful because it features only 12 items from a busy upstairs restaurant that offers probably a hundred items. (I ate upstairs.) These take away selections are available for purchase on the street level. My guess is they are some of the house's best sellers. This place was across the street from my Hong Kong (Wan Chai) hotel 華美粵海酒店。
 
 

 
 
If you figure out and learn these 12 items, you might not be a dim sum virtuoso, but you won't go hungry and will be able to gain a toehold in the dim sum world.
 
 
somethingfunny
In some places this kind of thing could get you into a lot of trouble.
 

 
So, what do we think of the calligraphy on show here?
roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
I like to think of some poor foreign student recognising the first character and assuming from context he can get his puncture sorted out off to the left.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
Love of your own safety and respiratory health optional.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until around this time in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone. 
 
And what better to start with than breakfast?
 

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
Road safety this week.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
A classic online translation error, sent in from somewhere in Sichuan I think. 

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
I hear it's China's best 院. A contribution from a certain Mr O'Kane ,I think.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone. 
 
Because even the finest of us need to be reminded.

roddy
Here's a contribution from @stapler - a bright and happy sign outside a local restaurant in... not sure where, maybe stapler will tell us. Or maybe he's busy trying to figure out what 菜饭 and 常米 are.
 

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
I wonder what a non-民用 key is. 

roddy
With that spirit of sacrifice common to all members here at Chinese-forums.com, @DrWatson has provided us with pictures of the menu at Kiroran. Our correspondent writes:
 
 
葱爆羊肉 for me. What's everyone else having?
 

roddy
A submission from @DrWatson from his friendly neighbourhood restaurant. Hands up if you think we should send him back to get a photo of the rest of the menu. 
 
Quiz: The Chinese name doesn't match up with the English one. Who or what was it named after? Where does Kiroran come into it?
 
And if you already know the answer, don't post ;-)
 

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
Signs like this are (or were) common, as people tried to order their own surroundings a bit closer to the heart's desire.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
You can all write this from memory, can't you? Taken by Randall in Beijing in 2006. 

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
This one was from Skyee, taken in Pingyao. Now, what shouldn't you do to the produce?

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
This one's a message to anyone who thinks people are interested in a weekly picture of Chinese characters.

roddy
One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
 
Lack of STTH (sewers-to-the-home) meant lots of public toilets.

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