Say What?? Travel Photo: China Who?

China is a big country. And that big country has two very big cell phone carriers. They have offices just about everywhere so I’m sure everyone can learn their names and distinctive logos:

china-mobile
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

china-unicom
Photo Credit: Berllin

Heck, even their names are always written in both English and Chinese. This just isn’t a name you can butcher, right?

Well, not quite. Enter the touristy town of Dali, famous for its nearby 3 Pagodas.

And famous for this…

China Moves & China Cnicom

Yes that is the very same China Mobile and China Unicom, though this time sold through a family owned shop. As for the names…well…umm….errr…any ideas?

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4 Responses to Say What?? Travel Photo: China Who?

  1. Lisa E @chickybus March 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Maybe they’re trying to be creative? Perhaps they think they’re using intentional misspellings in a unique way? Or maybe a unicorn is making their signs now, thanks to budget cuts in the sign-making industry. Not sure….

    • Aaron March 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      Haha given China’s track record strangely translated signage, I don’t think it’s intentional. Love your unicorn suggestion though! LOL!

  2. Charu March 28, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    I think they’re selling the same China Unicom phones but with drugs stashed inside. Be careful you don’t become a mule.

    • Aaron March 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

      Haha. Is the spelling of the sign a good tip that drugs are involved? 😛

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