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Tianjin’s Amazing Road Signs

Driving in China is pure madness, so good street signs are really important.

Tianjin clearly has that problem solved.  Sof shot these awesome puppies when we were down there last weekend.  (Translations unnecessary for most of them.)

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Choose Life!


Found in Tianjin’s Painting and Calligraphy Village, near Gulou. Eagle eyes courtesy of Michelle.

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Rules Posted outside Tianjin’s Catholic Church


I think my favorites are “No love” and “Do not destroy everything.”

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Dairy Queen vs Mango Queen


(found in Tianjin.)

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Kyrgyzstan things

In China, I adore the “foreign” vs “domestic” duality. I’m not sure that it’s any more skewed than our own is, but it’s definitely different. My girlfriend, for example, is a Bostonian, several generations back. But because she looks Chinese (and, three generations ago, her family was), here she’s Chinese. Just speaks her native tongue really poorly.

Meanwhile, the foreign is so confusing. In a village I spend time in, there’s a foreigner everyone knows as “The Thai.” He’s not actually from Thailand, but he’s lived there. And, unlike the country he actually comes from, the villagers know where Thailand is, and how to say it.

In that vein, here’s an ad for Kyrgyzstani churros I found in Tianjin this weekend. Presumably Mexico is too far, too foreign (maybe even unknown?) in Tianjin.

(Are churros even Mexican? Maybe they’re from Sacramento, or Kyrgyzstan, and the joke’s on me!)

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