RANDOM NOTES

Some topics, though interesting, could not be made part of the travel story. I deal with them in this page.

Let's start with a triviality: waste bins. In several places the Chinese tried hard to make waste bins an enjoyable part of the landscape, in any case unique. Here are some of them:

After all, I have to say that they achieved the goal: those waste bins integrate well with the surrounding landscape, unlike ordinary, dull and mean waste bins.

Incensories are other common "objects" in China, especially in temples or temple complexes. They differ from those used in the Christian religion, because they are large and believers bring there their offers of incense. Some of them follow:

I was struck by some "engineering solutions", clever albeit makeshift, that I ran into throughout my travel.
The locking of a shop in Pingyao:

The bracket of a pipe in the Tiger Leaping Gorge:

The drain-pipe of a sink at the Rice Terraces:

not to speak of this "repairing" in Guilin:

Another interesting aspect of China is its varied vegetation. The tropical, lush vegetation of Hong Kong:

In the second picture you can see aerial roots. The air is so wet that these sort of branches can absorb water from the air, thus playing the same role, at least in part, of the usual roots.
The bamboo in the forests of the Centre-East of the country:

is very important in China, even from an economical perspective: it can be used in several ways. There are lotus flowers:

and tea plantations:

You may also run into some unusual views:

Let's finish off with the language. I spoke many times about the strange English spoken by the Chinese, the world-renowned Chinglish. This is a sign by the West Lake in Hangzhou:

How can those many Chinese characters translate to a mere "Have Fun"? You may argue that, since I do not understand any Chinese, I had better shut up. Fair enough, but I can't help have a suspicion that the translation is a bit brief.
This other sign, in a pagoda in Suzhou, warns against the limited height of the entrance:

Let's forget it's correctness for a while; I wonder, though, why did they place it at the bottom? I am afraid that someone, while lowering the sight to read the sign, could really hit the door-post .

Last, some amusing warnings: