Random Chinese Pictures
A lot of totally random, funny things happened on our trip that didn't really fit in any other category. Maybe some of them were "you had to be there" moments, but here they are anyway. Hope you enjoy!
Photograph the Tourists!
A lot of the Chinese people have never seen "real, live Americans" before. When they do, they want to take a picture so they can remember the moment! They apparently get bonus points if the American is also black.
...or if the American is a giant.
...or both, for the ultimate photo op. Those are two very lucky little boys!
The Chinese also got a pretty big kick out of my "dress like a communist" day outfit!
This guy drew portraits on the spot, on plates, for tourists. Then charged a couple of bucks for the plate with your face on it.
Here is the plate, being modeled by the artist's subject himself. Looks just like Tyler, doesn't it?
I don't know if this is technically funny, but this is what the public toilets look like in China. Well, the clean ones look like this...
This probably also isn't really "funny," but that's me, eating a turtle foot (with claws in tact) with chopsticks.
Chinese War Chess
Troy bought a game that is basically like the Chinese version of Stratego.
This is what the pieces look like. It was a little confusing to play...
A mix between Chinese and English. It technically gets the message across, but in a funny way if you're a native English speaker.
Another funny one.
Sometimes it's just a few misplaced or misspelled words.
Sometimes it's not even the words, it's just the funny pictures they use. There are tons of signs that seem serious but are accompanied by crazy, cartoon-y people.
Seriously, tons of signs.
Close to all of their signs.
I can't get enough of them!
Even simple drawings of animals tend to be cartoon-y.
Of course, the best signs are the ones that combine the funny English translations with the crazy cartoon characters.
I think this one is my favorite - it really has it all!
T-shirts are another great source of Chinglish.
Another great one.
Business and restaurant signs are another great place to find Chinglish.
The students love to give the students notes, or ask us for our email addresses, etc. This is a letter that a student have to Chris Morris.
Maybe the funniest note any of us have received so far. I think she meant "small" when she said "smell" at the end.
Fun in Class
School is a very serious place in China, so they are blown away by getting to play "games" in class. Here is a picture of some of my students playing the classic American game Four Corners.
Everyone in China has an umbrella on them at all times. They actually prefer to keep the sun off of them at least as much, if not more, than keeping the rain off of them.
The Tortoise and the Hare
Some of the teachers did a performance for the students - IN CHINESE! This is the Turtle and the Rabbit about to start their race.
The rabbit was so far ahead that he decided to take a nap.
And so the turtle won the race!
This is what the inside of the fridge in the teachers' lounge looked like at any given time. Needless to say, this water was still just barely colder than room temperature!
Some of our best friends while we were in China. On the far left is Lee, a Chinese student who will be in college at Penn State in the fall. In the middle is Mary, who is one of the principals at their school and the person mainly in charge of setting up our trips there. And on the far right is our bus driver, Jackie Chan. Seriously, Jackie Chan. Best. Bus driver. Ever.
And this is Benjy. Our awesome Chinese tour guide and friend while we were here. Anything we wanted, he made sure we got. Always with a smile on his face. I can't imagine how our trip would have gone if we would not have had him by our side the whole time. What a great guy!
This is a student playing a two-stringed instrument called the "er hu." Which basically translates to mean "two strings."
The students loved the opportunity to come and see the teachers before and after class. On the left of the picture is Julie, who wanted to change her name to Julia after I told her that was my sister's name. She would see me in passing somewhere on the school's campus and even refer to me as "Julia Stone's brother," ha ha!
Some more students.
Even more students, giving peace signs of course.
Another student, Georgina, giving the double peace sign!
Some students, just march to the beat of their own drum. I'll miss Coco!
In Da Club
On the last night, most of us went out to a crazy, Chinese night club. This is my Marvin Ridge Communist Crew getting ready to go out.
That's me in the club. And, yes, they had Communist security guards with shiny helmets!
We eventually worked up the courage to get a closer photograph with him. Turns out, like most Communists, he is a pretty nice dude!
No idea if these were guys or girls, but Steve and I were sure going to get our pictures taken with them!
The DJ was really getting the party started!
But the Chinese rapper really stole the show!
If you've never been to a sketchy, Chinese night club with Troy King...you're missing out!
We'll miss you, China.