Have a look at these public domain photos of Chinese things. After spending the first 30 years of my life in Canada, I've lived in China for more than 15 years , but I'm still constantly finding stuff here that surprises me.
If you want to understand more about life in mainland China, you need to look at more than just Chinese places and Chinese people. Look at these facets of modern Chinese culture that you might see anywhere in China. Some of them I like. Some make me laugh. Others just mystify me.
One constant source of amusement is English signs in China. Some of the translation mistakes are understandable but often I'm left wondering what in the world they're trying to say, or at least why they chose those particular words!
Click here to see
some funny Chinese signs.
Here is a second page of funny signs in China.
"Chinglish", a.k.a. English with Chinese characteristics, is a
part of modern Chinese culture, and
provides a lot of laughs for we native English-speakers who live here.
I'm sure that sometimes my efforts in Chinese ("Eng-nese?") are just as
hilarious to my Chinese friends. You've got to be able to laugh at
yourself if you're going to attempt a foreign language.
In the quest for international trade, Chinese companies often put
English on the labels of their products. Even if it is just sold
domestically, this gives a certain flair to the thing. The English on
these labels is often the result of word-for-word translation by people
or computers, and the resulting funny
labels are sometime hilarious. Click here
or on the photo below to see more funny English on Chinese products.
What other things are noteworthy? There's Chinese art, of course: paintings on wood and tile, kites of great beauty and intricate design, and sculpture both traditional and modern. Many Chinese bells and ancient musical instruments are also works of art.
And don't forget about the Chinese dragon. Images of dragons are
everywhere, but the Chinese idea of a dragon is dramatically different
from the Western concept.
Chinese lion statues are also commonly seen. There is an amusing and amused-looking lion statue on this page along with some classically-designed Chinese bridges.
This page shows a Chairman Mao
statue and a modern woman beside an ancient Buddhist temple's incense burner.
There are too many fascinating Chinese things to show them all here, but I hope these samples give you a taste of Chinese culture. e are too many fascinating Chinese things to show them all here, but I hope these samples give you a taste of Chinese culture.
Chinglish (a Chinese version of English) labels on products sold in
See a nine-dragon ceramic screen and its Chinese dragons in detail.
See a Chinese lion statue and Chinese bridges.
See a Chairman Mao statue and a large old-style Buddhist incense burner.