This “Musuam” in the touristy city of Dali in China’s Yunnan province is guaranteed to have fantastic English captions! Say What?? is a weekly series featuring numerous hilarious signs from my travels. Check back every Tuesday for updates! Or better yet, subscribe to my RSS feed to receive them automatically!
Behold the grandeur of Punakha Dzong! Inside this massive former fortress lies a seat of local power in Bhutan. But those government officials don’t have the whole place to themselves! No, no. Like all Dzong’s in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, this is not only a civic center but a monastery as well. In […]
Say What?? Travel Photo: Mountains
Who here knows a Chinese proverb or two? Perhaps you can help me decipher this mystery of a sign? Now, a little background. This sign, like so many, many others, is in the Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lijiang located in the southwestern Yunnan province. Lijiang is surrounded by lots of dramatic mountains and […]
Say What?? Travel Photo: Clean Up!
China does nothing on a small scale. Between the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, you may have picked up on this. But their fascination with doing things big time stretches throughout the country, leading to some hefty decor for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites! You’re probably thinking, “But I thought World Heritage […]
Say What?? Travel Photo: Minors?
WARNING! THIS POST MAY OR MAY NOT CONTAIN INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT AND/OR THEMES! OR MAYBE IT WON’T… EITHER WAY, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Welcome to “Say What??,” my ongoing series of signage from around the world that makes you scratch your head and say, “What??” Today’s, “Say What??” is coming to you on a brand new […]
When you arrive in Shangri-La, you’ll notice one thing. You have to do a lot of walking! Much like some other historic “old towns” in China’s Yunnan province (like Lijiang or Dali), Shangri-La’s “old town” is free of vehicular traffic, leaving the cobblestone streets looking quite picturesque! And if the streets aren’t enough, you could […]
All this week, you’ve been seeing signs from Emei Shan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as a Buddhist peak and the historic temples that line its slopes. But today’s sign isn’t about protecting valuables or telling you to like monkeys when you should really fear them; it’s a little saying about nature: […]
Emei Shan, one of China’s 4 Buddhist peaks, has a whole lot of 3 things: Buddhist Temples. Signs, and Monkeys. While the temples are wonderful. the signs can be a bit hilariously confusing and even, at times, detached from reality. Like, say, this one: So you’re supposed to like the monkeys because they entertain you […]