One day early in 2015, we stopped to look in the window of a streetside 小儿推拿 (pediatric massage) streetside clinic in our new neighbourhood. The clinic was a typical streetside one: a little 3 room place, massage tables, and a desk at the front. The doctor was lively, very good with his young patients, and demonstrated this incredible traction technique, … Continue reading Lessons on the street
This sign can be seen in every subway car in Chengdu (which now boasts FOUR lines!). Its last directive is more accurately translated as "Please don't let your children urinate on the floor." This rather obvious sign was found inside a bathroom stall in the Beijing airport.
Turns out it wasn't just over in the U.S. that folks made a big deal of Michael Phelps' and other athletes' cupping marks (no, not bruises). Here's a flashy sidewalk sign seen in Chengdu this fall:
I realize that sort of post title might give the impression that I'm some sort of sophisticated lady-about-town, but I meant a different sort of clubbing. 12 years ago, when I was first in Chengdu, Christmas wasn't much of a deal, understandably enough. Nonetheless, I'd heard of a Christmas Eve "tradition" happening in the center of … Continue reading Christmas Eve Clubbin’
One aspect of modern life in mainland China is that almost every public space is taken over by the brigades of dancing grannies -- that is by older women (40s-70s) who are participating in what's called "square dancing". Square dancing, to an American's ears, involves fiddles, cowboy boots, gingham, hay bales and a man with … Continue reading dancing grannies
Yes, Chinglish signage really IS irresistable!