Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

“Put the lotion in the basket!” Thank you Chinglish!

What is Chinglish? Chinglish often refers to when a Chinese person creates a sign, or text message of any kind, that doesn’t convey the intended meaning. For instance:

Be Careful of the Safe! Is it a warning for thrill seekers to ‘keep it real’ or is it a warning about dangerous safes in the area?


Soft waiting lounge refers to the First Class area on trains, but Rigidity? I don’t think I would want to go in there!


The other day we saw this excellent example of Chinglish–especially for you Silence of the Lambs fans!




July 25, 2007 - Posted by | China

1 Comment »

  1. oh man, those signs are great especially the “The visitor….” sign. I would hope you the visitor just ‘take the rest place’ or else the next sign would lose it’s patience and contain swearing.

    Comment by JoJo | July 26, 2007 | Reply

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