Signs in Kashgar

Chinese signs are often interesting, both for their content and their use of English.

The Chinese are obviously sensitive to the accusation that they are oppressing the local Uighur population, so they put the following heavy-handed propaganda at the end of an introduction to Kashgar’s mosque.

More amusing is the following sign on the back of the “tourist” urinals outside the mosque. I think the English is supposed to suggest that clients should stand close to avoid peeing on the floor. I can’t read the Uighur, but the Chinese is even more uplifting and reminiscent of Neil Armstrong’s first words on the moon. A slightly liberal translation would be “A small step forward to the urinal, a giant leap for mankind!”

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