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On some old European maps, they'd write "here be dragons" or similar doggerel in the unexplored areas on maps.  What did they write on Chinese maps?  

 

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I remember seeing some graffiti 有鬼 in an abandoned building once.

 

EDIT: [Deleted: regarded as non-responsive by the OP.]

 

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roddy

此地无银三百两

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Jim

Interesting question. I read somewhere that China didn't have the same horror vacui as European cultures, so maybe they were, like, more comfortable with the Void, man. Anything I've seen like 龙出没 seems to have been picked up from the West. Though the deserts are full of demons in Journey to the West etc.

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3 hours ago, 889 said:

EDIT: Some quick Googling suggests the phrase is a Western convention, though it can be translated as 龙出没.

 

The question is more, what did they write on maps where there were unexplored areas and imagined hazards, not how translate into Chinese.  

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