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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.
spotted in a corner of the cbd on the way home from dinner. positive taken: got my new word for the day, 違著
Longan's for sale at a shop in New York City's Flushing Chinatown.
Because even the finest of us need to be reminded.
I wonder what a non-民用 key is.
So, what do we think of the calligraphy on show here?
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.
Love of your own safety and respiratory health optional.
And what better to start with than breakfast?
Road safety this week.
A classic online translation error, sent in from somewhere in Sichuan I think.
I hear it's China's best 院. A contribution from a certain Mr O'Kane ,I think.
So good I suspect I've posted it twice.
(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.
葱爆羊肉 for me. What's everyone else having?
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 ;-)
Signs like this are (or were) common, as people tried to order their own surroundings a bit closer to the heart's desire.
You can all write this from memory, can't you? Taken by Randall in Beijing in 2006.
This one was from Skyee, taken in Pingyao. Now, what shouldn't you do to the produce?
This one's a message to anyone who thinks people are interested in a weekly picture of Chinese characters.
Lack of STTH (sewers-to-the-home) meant lots of public toilets.
Practice your passives.