Sexy Laowai blogger covers Expo!Written by Julen Madariaga on March 19th, 2010
I just noticed this picture I took this morning in the little lane. The intention was to illustrate how the Olympic spirit is finally coming to the Shanghai local communities. The result is I unwittingly took a cool portrait of myself reflected in the announcement board glass cover.
This is the typical Chinese motivational message that can be seen everywhere, often in the form of rhyming Dos and Don’ts. For a while now many of them are appearing with the Expo as central theme. The Oriental Post had an article yesterday announcing new measures in some districts to have locals take responsibility for their street’s cleanliness.
Handwritten signs like this are very usual in the lanes. They are organized by the residents committee following directives from above. The task of writing the signs is often delegated to the local calligraphy hero, and then you get beautiful pieces of writing (but not in this case, IMO)
The translation of this one is:
The “Seven Builds” proposed by the City of Shanghai’s “Welcome the Expo Civilized Activities Plan”:
- Maintain order - Build a lawful City
- Keep Hygiene - Build a Healthy City
- Protect Environment - Build a biological City
- Be Polite - Build a Polite City
- Have solid Credibility - Build a honest City
- Love Science - Build a Study City
- Give Kindness - Build a Friendly City
Any corrections welcome. As I usually say, Chinese slogans are very hard to translate because they rarely make any sense, so I didn’t bother to take out the dictionary. Use at your own risk.