Sunday, April 27, 2008

Signs of Change


New signs are popping up everywhere in the city.

Some buses have bilingual signs, and even have recorded messages of the next stop in Chinese and English. When you get on the bus you should pay the fare right away, either by an electronic card with a monetary value stored on it, or by cash.

And on some buses, you have to swipe your card again before you leave. Most buses I took before only had the reminder in a green sign with yellow characters. But on the bus I took today, it had a new dark blue sticker above the doors that said swipe your card before you leave in Chinese and English.

In the subway train today I spotted this new sign.

It's to tell vendors not to set up shop in the passageways of subway station entrances. Some of them are Tibetans, selling jewelry or trinkets, others sell fake DVDs, flowers, snacks, or books.

While the illustration is cartoonish, the man in red plaid doesn't look as angry as he should. Or maybe he's just being polite.

As far as I can tell there are no fines imposed on these people, which is why these vendors keep coming back anyway.

What I can't figure out is the red cape in the top left corner. Any ideas?

1 comment:

ks said...

is the red cape a representation of some officials-policeman, paramilitary?