My phone doesn't speak Chinese...
I found these all over the building. I was told that the pineapples are for getting rid of the smell from fresh paints.
Chinese hiphop CD's. I believe these are legitimate.
Stove for eating hot pot. Farting is a dangerous idea.
Advertisements on the back of my seat.
Magazines with Chinese and English translation. Perfect material for learning Chinese (or English).
Guess how many times the word “organic” shows up on this package?
Guess again :)
On Air China they show this inflight excercise video with all the excercises that you can do while standing in your seat. It's actually pretty good and a lot of people follow it.
My hotel room has a switch for house cleaning.
Elevator switch with no words. No matter what language you speak you can still understand it. That's what I call good user interface.
The World Is Flat in Chinese and paperback.
This bottle design actually comes from HK. The cap can be used as a cup.
Air pollution in Beijing.
The package for my Beijing SIM card. The hole is to show you what cellphone number you're getting. Some nice numbers (e.g. symbolizes good luck) cost more than the others. I asked for one that is easy to read for someone who speaks mandarin with an accent.
Tea in China is taken very seriously. A lot of times in Beijing you have to specifically buy a pot of tea in a restuarant. Sometimes the tea can cost as much as the meal itself.
I like how these slots create valuable shelf space.
Christian Church in Beijing.
Some receipts can be used to redeem money. I initially thought that the governent tries to encourage people to spend money this way, but a better guess is that the government encourage people to get the receipt so they have a taxable trail.
Chinese TV. Good way to learn Chinese.
Tiny Chinese medicine. This is VERY bitter.
Milk in can.
Herbal Tea. The brand is “Wong Lo Kat”. Hey, that can be my name.
Ticket for the Transformers in Chinese. I was hoping that the movie would be in Chinese, but it was just English with Chinese subtitles.
Back of a taxi.
Factory in Beijing.
Karaoke. Chinese rap song. Don't worry -- Jayz's job is not going to be outsourced anytime soon.
These are the victims of my singing skills...
Beijing has a huge biking culture.
Pimp'd up bike in Beijing.
Baleno is a Hong Kong brand.
We put money into this card and all the stores in the food court would take this card instead of money. I'm not entirely the reason for this (speedup the line, so store people don't have to touch money, make sure the foot court management gets their cut, or...?)
Beef noodles is popular in Beijing.
Not sure why, but this diet coke isn't in Chinese. I've seen some with Chinese so I'm not sure if the Chinese version is newer or what.
Full Chinese breakfast.
Full Chinese breakfast again. This time with “fruit of the fire dragon” (the white fruit in the middle).
Blue sky in Beijing.
I was waiting under a bus stop to catch a taxi, but I keep getting people with umbrellas cutting in front of me.
Left over RMB.
Men playing footbal in the street.
Takeout Chinese food. Notice that the packaging is not the same regular Chinese takeout boxes in the US.
A popular bar drink that mixes tea and whisky.
Toll booth with traditional Chinese decoration.
Under the toll booth. The traditional facade is just that. It's steel underneath.