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The Funny Side of Life in China 1

For those moments lost in translation...

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Sometimes, you feel sorry for Chinese people when they make dodgy attempts at English, especially given this writer's meagre stock of Mandarin. But most of the time these moments are what-on-earth-is-this, laugh-out-loud funny. So without further ado, dear readers, here is the first of what I hope will become a series of entries on those times where you just have to stop and laugh. When you're done, head over to 'The Funny Side of Life in China 2'.

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Many ways to spell this word, but none spell fashion - except in China of course.

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So the only bar we've yet to find in Lishui - La Rive Gauche, or the Left Bank - has a quite bizarre take on what a Western-theme bar should have. Sharks that make a noise and lamps that, well, you just don't want to turn off!

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Fire! Fire! So the sign screams as we enter the school gate at about 11pm, although with no obvious sign of disaster present.

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It turns out the same sign also warns you of children crossing - again, at 11pm at night. All depends on your perspective, I guess.

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So in neighbouring Hangzhou, a city of untold millions, you'll find a reassuring outlet close to the train station. Phew, some Chinese food.

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This one really was a case of 'What were they even trying to say?' A flute of sparkling wine was all I could think of. And check out that crysal punch too - mmm, dreamy.

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What flavour? And are you an ethnican or ethnican't?

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Where are we going again?

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Ah, I see.

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This last one could really have you stumped, especially without the context to give it away. So while I build up my next batch of funny Chinese moments, dear readers, try to guess what it is! Zai jian

Posted by BillLehane 20:58 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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Well as requested, I can reveal that the last photo is of a sign at the entrance to...a bike shed. I like Megan's suggested translation best: 'The first step to civilisation is tidy parking'. :-)

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