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
I’m at a loss for words. This sign just outright doesn’t make sense. It — like — ends halfway through where it’s not supposed to end!
It’s madness total. When you take the elevator safety… what will happen?… Plus, it’s an escalator… since when has it been an escalator?
What It Should Read: Please take the escalator safely
Taken at the Beijing South Railway Station
Un po’ d’italiano here in the city of the West Lake, Hangzhou — the Self-servico Ticket Office…
Trouble is, for the average expat without a second-generation PRC ID card, these machines in that office laden with Chinglish are — well, just there to be seen. And not used. Somewhat skanky rules in effect as of 1 June 2011 dictate that only PRC ID card holders are allowed the luxury of buying train tickets from anyone other than a live human being (as in: a ticket machine).
And nope, counter to what the icon says, the machine doesn’t really like you sticking in all these coins to get your deluxe HSR ticket.
Too bad that these machines have “died” for us expats.
Too bad still for the Chinglish…
What It Should Read: Self-Service Ticket Office
Taken June 2011 in Hangzhou
This fair bit of Chinglish is from Yuquan, just southeast of Harbin, in a part of Heilongjiang where I am sure there is no living expat.
And yet they insist on sticking some English at the train station.
OK, that kind of works, but I’d hope it was good or stuff. Ah well — Chinglish as usual…
Funnier still: they seem to have modified the Chinglish. Probably what they had there first was ENTRY OF FLATFORM NO. 2. Seeing their English attempt fell flat on the head, they then proceeded to mod it as the entry to TLATFORM 2.
Ah well. They’re making an effort…
What It Should Read: ENTRY TO PLATFORM 2
Taken July 2011 in Yuquan, Heilongjiang