Category Archives: things in china

Wet Markets

As desperate marketing emails remind me every day, we are living in difficult / unprecedented times, and if anything I suppose it is a surprise that there haven’t been more misunderstandings and spreading of conspiracy theories. But there are still … Continue reading

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I probably have to write something about the bizarre Princess Diana statue garden in Nansha

The news that William and Harry are planning to have a statue of their mother built in Kensington Palace gardens has reminded me of the entire garden full of Princess Di statues I happened upon in Nansha, a distant suburb … Continue reading

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Chinese Condom Brands

The thing you always have to remember about Chinglish is that we are not the intended audience. English is used generally as a signifier of cosmopolitan modernity, and the vast majority of the people who see an English word will … Continue reading

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Things in China – Questionable branding

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Things in China – Fire precaution notices.

Not that remarkable, maybe, but look at the guy’s face – he’s absolutely terrified. Which is realistic, I suppose.

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Things in China – KFC’s new breakfast offering.

Sweetcorn embedded in minced pork. Surely it can’t only be me that thinks this looks like a poo in a bap?

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Things in China – Advertisment for cosmetic surgery outside an actual hospital during the world cup

If you can read Chinese you’ll get the pun, though to be honest that doesn’t really make it any better.

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Things in China – “Resist the British Street”

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Things in China – Toy chainsaws for toddlers

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Parkview Green (芳草地) = weird shopping centre

In late April, when it was still basically winter, we wandered by a shopping centre in Beijing and went inside on a whim. Normally this is a recipe for tedium, but fortunately this time there was a wealth of bizarre, … Continue reading

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