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Say What?? Travel Photo: Welfare

"China Welfare Lottery"

“China Welfare Lottery.” It’s a sign that can be spotted in cities throughout the “Middle Kingdon” (better known as China, though fun fact of the day…in Chinese, China is called Tsong-gwo which means “the middle kingdom.” As it was explained to me, the name was given long ago by an Emperor who thought they were in the center of the world). The image pictured above comes from my first sighting of this sign in the colurful city of Guangzhou.

But I always found this to be a curious conundrum. Sure there’s nothing wrong with the phrase, but it seems like an oxymoron to me. If you played the lottery a lot, wouldn’t you then need to be on welfare?

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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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