Throughout China, signs are used to inform, guide and regulate. As an English speaker, some of these tickled my sense of humour, however I could never rise to the challenge of writing signs in Chinese. I wanted to share some of these with you.
I photographed signs in Xian, Fengdu, Nanjing, Huan Shan, Nanjing, Chengdu and Shanghai, and have placed them in context with scenes from the same areas.
Public signs help us understand the writers and what they seek to achieve. In this way we can gain further empathy with the Chinese people. I trust you enjoy this calendar – through buying one for yourself, and viewing it each day, in full living color, throughout the year.
Each individual image (with specific comments about it) is also available for purchase on RedBubble. Just follow the links below, for each of the months.
Individual Calendar Page Links:
Front Cover – Safety First in Nanjing
January – Nature in Chengdu
February – Cableway in Fengdu
March – Peace in Fengdu
April – The City Wall in Xian
May – Fengdu, The Ghost City
June – The Oriental Pearl Communication Tower in Shanghai
July – Panda in Chengdu
August – Small Goose Pagoda in Xian
September – Climbing Land at Huang Shan
October – Cable Car at Huang Shan
November – Great Mosque in Xian
December – Essential Needs in Nanjing
Here is a link to my journal article about this calendar.