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Say What?? Travel Photo: Keep Off The Grass

Man Protect the Green, the Green do Good to Man

“Man Protect the Green, The Green Do Good to Man.” Sounds like a Chinese proverb, right? Somehow I doubt that it is, as this seems like a cute way of reminding people to keep off the grass! And a mighty nice grass it is!

But I see a trend here. Remember the very first image in my “Say What??” series? It was a similar sign from Vientiane, the Laotian capital, that read “No Passing a Grass.” And as seen in that image, my Australian friend simply couldn’t resist taking it literally by passing a piece of grass!

But this sign comes from the good old People’s Park in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province, famed for it’s spicy style cuisine. And I say “good old,” because every, and I mean every Chinese town has a People’s Park…and a People’s Road. Oh and the currency is called the People’s Currency. See a trend here?

I think that perhaps we should start taking advantage of a gentler way of telling people to keep off the grass. I mean, it’s so forceful. Reminding people that the grass will be good to you if you are good to it seems much kinder…at least to me!

Say What?? is a thrice weekly series featuring numerous hilarious signs from my travels. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for updates! Or better yet, subscribe to my RSS feed to receive them automatically!


By Aaron

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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