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roddy

Nine Beijing Snacks

One for gluttons today - an opportunity to drool over some (admittedly small) images of delicious Beijing 小吃. The street-side menu lists nine scrumptious snacks, all you have to do is match them up with the thumbnail images I robbed off the Internet. Assume the menu is numbered 1 to 9 left to right, so if you think the first one is Snack B, you have 1. B. etc.

A bit of a hint:

Google Images is your friend - it was certainly mine

and a lot of a hint for those who can't be bothered looking up the characters the hard way:

麻豆腐, 羊蝎子, 顿板筋, 菜团子, 糊塌子, 炒窝头, 炒疙瘩, 窝头片, 褡裢火烧

I had to cheat slightly on one of the images - I'm sure you'll forgive me. The letters for each image are in the filename, mouseover to see it.

Flying Pigeon

Parking Propaganda

Hi.

Roddy lent me the keys to the Signese company car (a black VW Santana) and is letting me take it for a spin. While eyeing the sidewalk for a place to park, I noticed this sign.

Can I park on the sidewalk between the guy selling socks and the woman frying hotdogs? If the Signese company car was instead a cart pulled by an emaciated mule, could I still park there? Please briefly explain.

What is line 2 encouraging me to do?

Who created the sign? And where are they located?

roddy

Souvenir What?

From a local shop.

1) What World Cup memorabilia is on sale?

2) Which character did I misread as 罩 when first walking past and what did I think was for sale as a consequence?

3) For extra credit, figure out what a 米米卡 is. I have no idea.

roddy

Aged ad

The sun and rain recently is aging these adverts nicely.

1) What's for sale

2) Where do they come from?

3) What price are they for sale at?

4) Where should you go to make a purchase? Not sure I would have got this one easily without knowing the area.

DrWatson

Storefronts

New York Chinatown sidewalk signage - this one is particularly busy. But what sort of foods are available on this street?

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roddy

Lunchtime!

Here we have both sides of the tabletop menu from popular (with me, at least) local eatery 零点. You've got a selection of cold dishes on one side, and on the other various noodle and 抄手 options - which as far as I can see are 馄饨 by another name.

I'm generously providing you with a 15Y lunch budget - what are you having?

skylee

Tablecloth

I took this picture (a table cloth in a resturant) at Lecce a few days ago. What do you think it means?

PS - I also attach another picture taken in the modern art museum in Bologna. Judging by the shape of the first character I think it is supposed to be Japanese (in Chinese it should have been 常設展 or 展品). Anyone cares to comment if it is correct in Japanese? (At another display of this musuem the word コレクシュン was used, which I think is correct.)

roddy

Fishy business

There were two words here I hadn't seen before. What were they.

And in case I forget to come back and tell you, they were . . .

放生、知会

Apologies, as usual, for the quality.

roddy

Three, Random

Don't have anything ideal for the quiz format handy, so I'm just putting up a few random signs I've snapped over the last week or two. Feel free to come up with your own questions, or just do your best do decipher them with your dictionaries, wits and elite Chinese skills. Or translate them. Or have them tattooed on your upper arm.

roddy

Quicky for you from the streets of Beidaihe, sent to us by some bloke called Imron.

1) This message has been posted by who, and criticizes what?

2) The bottom line is a bit difficult to read - can you make it out?

3) That last four letter phrase looks like it's either a variant or a mistake - what's the more common version?

4) Will all your answers result in us getting banned?

StChris

Anyone who has spent any time in China will have noticed the often nonsensical, and sometimes funny, things written in English on young peoples' clothes. To be fair, at least Chinese people have the sense to just have it printed on their clothes, rather than permanently tattooed on their bodies, as many westerners do with Chinese characters. After 2 years in China, I thought I could no longer be shocked by any crazy English T-shirts or jackets, but then I saw this:

 

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There was just something about the choice of words and the big, red lettering that stunned me for a moment. I personally would be down with 1.5 of the 3 things the club stands for, and was tempted to ask for more info but, well, you know the rules...

roddy

More Hutong Etiquette

A chalked request snapped on 育群胡同, home of one of my favourite restaurants. Fortunately it didn't spoil my appetite.

1) To whom is the message written

2) What activity is discouraged

Oh, and there are a lot more people opening the picture than posting - come on, leave a comment even if it's just to say it's too hard. Validate my efforts . . .

jbradfor

Big Red Sign

My turn to take the signese car for a spin. [Thanks Roddy!]

Two (easy?) questions:

  1. Where was this taken?
  2. What is it for?

ChTTay

How to escape

Read before you intend to escape, not at the time of said escape. 

 

(Location: Taipei apartment balcony) 

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roddy

Defacement

Today's mission: Identify the party responsible for this and report him or her to the relevant local police station. Bonus points for anyone who comes up with the scribblers weblog, QQ number or similar info.

It's a 1999 note, and it may have spent some time making its way from the scene of the crime to Beijing, so the culprit may have moved on. Do not let this stop you. Do not give up. Do not lose heart. Justice must be done.

roddy

Signese Revival 14

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 is, without a doubt, my all time favourite. Guy was just pootling along the third ring road, I think. 

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roddy

Fishy Business

Another contribution from our aquatic correspondent, Dean A Swanson, who earlier provided us with this contribution and has now brought us more riverside rules.

So your questions, again provided by Dean, are:

1) There's something fishy going on here. Actually, a couple of things. What are they?

2) Which of the two things is considered "good"; which is considered "bad"? Why?

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