Category Archives: Hebei

An Order from the Chinese Rail Gods: Do Not Lie Down!

Apparently, the underground passageway for exiting riders is not the ideal substitute for a bed (or one of those super-deluxe seats in Business Class). For if you attempt to lie flat there, you’ll be hurried out of the place — by this sign:

The idea here is that you should have either done that one the train — or that this passageway should be kept free so that it’s always ready for the occasional, always-unannounced stampede of riders…

What It Should Read: Please Keep Passageway Clear. instead
Taken at the Langfang Railway Station

One Letter Short of… A S*** Hotel…

And I don’t mean that as in a hotel that’s rated three stars which begins with the letter S (although that’s for sure the case here).

Just take a look at this pic from Langfang, Hebei, to see what I mean…

If you allow the joke to show its crueler sides — I know what you might mean. “Welcome to S*** Hotel!”.

What It Should Read: WELCOME TO SHI YE HOTEL
Taken in Langfang

New New York English: The WHAT?

This is just outright… scary and Shanzhai. New Yawkers, take a look at this fair bit of lookalike copycat Chinglish I found today on my trip to Tangshan

New New York English!? New York 2.0 English? New Big Apple English? New Bronx English? New Staten Island English? New Times Square English? New Rudy Giuliani Michael Bloomberg City English?

No corrections to make here (well, strictly speaking, yeah… that’s the only verdict that can be handed down right now), although — I don’t know if anyone can take a course there and be mistaken on the road for an American version of a Shanghainese

Taken 12 January 2011 in Tangshan, Hebei

New Expressway in Hebei Opens, Chinglish Included

For those of us based in Beijing, getting south of the capital — quickly — used to be something that was easier said than done. There were no express railways or expressways, so when National Expressway G45 opened in Hebei, this was big news. Southern China was just a freeway away.

Sadly, along with the new expressway came the worst Chinglish. You would have imagined that these guys knew how to spell the word TOILET.

Think again. TLILET.

Try pronouncing that one.

Nuts!

What It Should Read: TOILET
Taken 2 January 2011 at Niutuo Service Area, G45 Expressway, Hebei

(PS: I was a bit surprised that they got the MEN / WOMEN bit right — but that they got TOILET wrong…!)