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Say What??–“Boar Lodging”

Stope the Boar and Lodging

There’s something about the way Chinese like to name establishments that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in English. We saw it in the earlier “Say What??” photo with that funky restaurant title. Today’s entry brings us a whole new perplexing title…and no, your eyes are not deceiving you, that sign really does say “stope the boar and lodging!”

This sign marks a hotel in which I spent an extraordinarily short amount of time. You see, this classy place is where I stayed in the transit town of Xiangcheng, a brief stop between an evening arrival from Litang and a 6am departure to Shangri-La. But in my brief time there, I am fairly certain that I never spotted any boar. I would think the altitude, at some 3200 meters or 10,500 feet, would be too high for them!

And stope? According to the dictionary it’s a mining excavation comprising of terraces or steps. Well Xiangcheng is in the mountains, though I don’t recall any rice terraces… Not quite sure where they were going with that… “Stop the Boar! And Lodging!,” perhaps?

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Hey there! I'm Aaron and this is my travel site, where I document my adventures to all corners of the world. My love for travel started at the ripe old age of four, when a midlife crisis uprooted my family to Ecuador for five years. Since then, I've been to countries on 4 different continents. When I'm not blissfully on the road, I reside in New York City, where I become the ultimate travel junkie and spend my days dreaming up my next great adventure! Read More...

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