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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'.


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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


Where are we going again?


Ah, I see.


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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