Category Archives: Tianjin

Tianjin Forward Carpets Engages Chinglish Gear

Engage, captain! Unhappy about just engaging Forward Gear, Tianjin’s carpet makers engage… Chinglish Gear…

Tianjin is famous for having some crazy company names. I’ve run into KTVs declaring themselves the BIG DIVINE SERVICE KTV, and if you think that’s excessive, try the kinder KIND HOTEL just by Tianjin Railway Station. Also there’s the BIG PHARMACY HONG TING in Tanggu, just by the seaside, which supposedly must be biiig

This sign itself brings up another funny question: Is there investment potential for the Tianjin Backward Carpets? VCs out there, beware…

Taken 30 January 2011 in Tianjin

U-Turn OK!… says Tianjin Metro

If there is any one place, or any one Metro system in the world, where a U-turn is OK… that’d be the Tianjin Metro!

No ox. (That’s a nicer way of saying “no b•ll”.) Take a look at this…

Well, OK… the Chinglish is nearly as real as the English. But hey, there’s a minor gap between the two lingos. A U-turn is 掉头 (diao tou) in Chinese, but what about the 标志 (biao zhi)? That’s Chinese, simply, for “signpost”.

Ideally, it’d read “U-Turn Signpost”, but apparently, “U-Turn OK” is OK. So yeah, next time you’re in the Tianjin Metro and you’ve totally lost it, feel free to… execute a few U-turns…

…Because the signage said so!

Taken 23 December 2010 in Tianjin