Spending six weeks in China was an unforgettable experience to say the least. It was a great opportunity to get an inside perspective on the world’s newest superpower — to gauge the political pulse and feelings of locals, assess future growth prospects and hurdles, and so on. Also, the dumplings; my god, were those good. I’ve briefly touched on each of these topics in previous posts, so I’ll spare you any further commentary (read: bloviation) on them here.
Rather, before moving on from my China-centric posts, I want to share what was perhaps the single most memorable part of China for me (OK, that’s an exaggeration, but only slightly): the hilarious public service announcements that can be found in most Chinese bathrooms. There’s no single theme present. Some are from a government-led campaign to, er, improve accuracy in urinals, some focus more on what you can and can’t do in a given bathroom, some are borderline inexplicable and feature pictures of dying men being carried to the hospital and/or peeping toms. It’s really just a potpourri of hilarity and questionable translation.
Anyway, I’ll just let these pictures speak for themselves:
Finally, this one wasn’t found in a bathroom, but rather a market in Lijiang (though I thought it could look good framed and hung in a bathroom; Zibby disagreed). That said, it felt right to post it here. Yes, this is in fact an airbrushed t-shirt featuring Avril Lavinge. You’d think this would be found amidst a much greater collection of celebrity t-shirts, but no, this stall only sold Avril Lavinge t-shirts. Touché, China, touché.