Beijing, Sponsored government promotion


These photos are taken along the road near Chaoyang Park South Gate, Beijing. The posters are sponsored by Solana, a modern lifestyle shopping center. Solana distinguishes itself from other shopping centers with a (southern) European style architecture. Western retail chains like Zara have an outlet in the center and it locates many foreign restaurants like French, Italian, Greek, Swiss and Arabian.


The text on the posters translates as follows:


(Photo above left) The army and the people are united as one and build the Great Wall of Steel (the latter is a metaphor indicating how solid and strong the country is)

(Photo above right) The army and the people make concerted efforts to turn Chaoyang (district) into a wonderful place.


(Photo below left) Love the army, better treatment for the army families, and strengthen the national defense; Support the policies, love the citizens and let Chaoyang district flourish.


(Photo below right, poster on the left) The Party, the army and the people work together to construct a world-class city.








I saw this poster on a public telephone booth in Gaobeidian, Beijing. It translates as follows:


Photo of the “6.28” Shooting Criminal Suspect

Features of the suspect: male, around 40, 1.7 meters tall, medium build, dark skin, X-type legs, does not speak mandarin very well. He’s unsociable and eccentric, quiet, likes to be alone and hardly has any contact with others. He always gets up early in the morning.


Literally translated ”走路外八” means “walking outside the eight” and my guess is that it refers to X-type legs. I googled it for videos on the subject to understand what type of condition of the legs was meant; only to find that the first search results were all about this suspect.


Here is a Chinese news report, dated January 9th, on the case: In summary the report is about a robbery with shooting that happened on the 6th of January in Nanjing. The victim died because of a shot in the head. Two days later the police uploaded a video on Weibo (Chinese Twitter). The video shows the suspect running away with 200,000 RMB taken from the crime scene. In total, the report says, he stole 480,000 RMB in 7 robberies. He made 9 victims; 7 of them died and 2 were seriously injured. The Nanjing police is hunting for the suspect with all available resources.


More info via other Internet sources:
“6.28” on the poster refers to a robbery with shooting in Changsha at June 28th, 2011. The man, Zeng Kaigui, is the suspect in this case. He is also suspected of robberies and shootings in Chongqing.
The police is offering a 300,000 RMB reward for anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Update August 13th, 2012: Many stories in the media today about a manhunt for the suspect in Chongqing. The name of the suspect now appears as Zhou Kehua in the media.



Writings on the wall



On the left an advertisement for “Tattoos”

Middle photo on the left: “No parking here”

In the middle: “Happiness. For all the neighbours”

On the bike cart: “Make the capital beautiful”

Photo on the right: “Written in July 2010, by Cheng Yuanzhou”

“Must take the road of science

The society develops for the people

Do more good for the people

For all causes of the people”


Beijing, Bringing in the Wine


Demolition, in an area that has to make way for new development, reveals a wall of a former living room with a poet of the famous Chinese poet Li Bai (a.k.a. Li Po):




See how the Yellow River’s waters move out of heaven.

Entering the ocean, never to return.

See how lovely locks in bright mirrors in high chambers,

Though silken-black at morning, have changed by night to snow.

…Oh, let a man of spirit venture where he pleases

And never tip his golden cup empty toward the moon!

Since heaven gave the talent, let it be employed!

Spin a thousand pieces of silver, all of them come back!

Cook a sheep, kill a cow, whet the appetite,

And make me, of three hundred bowls, one long drink!

…To the old master, Cen,

And the young scholar, Danqiu,

Bring in the wine!

Let your cups never rest!

Let me sing you a song!

Let your ears attend!

What are bell and drum, rare dishes and treasure?

Let me be forever drunk and never come to reason!

Sober men of olden days and sages are forgotten,

And only the great drinkers are famous for all time.

…Prince Chen paid at a banquet in the Palace of Perfection

Ten thousand coins for a cask of wine, with many a laugh and quip.

Why say, my host, that your money is gone?

Go and buy wine and we’ll drink it together!

My flower-dappled horse,

My furs worth a thousand,

Hand them to the boy to exchange for good wine,

And we’ll drown away the woes of ten thousand generations!




Beijing, Community Security


The police and the residents work hand in hand to create a safe community

The Community Security will serve you



Xinyuanli Police Station, Chaoyang Sub-Bureau of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau



Name: Gao Ruilin

Mobile Phone number of the community security:  13801028350

Call the police: 010-64674086   010-64674294




Tips from the police

(in Chinese all sentences do rhyme at the end; it sometimes looks a bit odd when translated )

Close the door and the windows, double check before leaving your house;


Ask for information of whoever knocks at the door, be cautious when suspicious;


Register when rent out a room, the background of visitors will be clear;


Be careful about water, electricity and gas, never be careless regarding leakages.


Bear in mind how to guard against fraud; the tricksters practice fraud with four tricks:

Hi-tech, money, false “prestigious doctors” and exchanging dollars;


Artful talks, intoxication, fortune-making and calamity prevention are outdated tricks.




Beijing, Chaoyang Park Advertisement

“Tourists who want to go for sightseeing by boat; please come to the dock at the Fangzhou Lake. We have electrical boats, rowing boats and pedalling boats for you to choose from.”


Audio recording of the advertisement in Chaoyang Park:

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Beijing, Role models

Very common in residential communities are the posters with do’s and don’ts and examples of good moral behavior.


The translation of this poster from top to bottom and from left to right:


Houses for rent (with phone number)


Tribute to the moral model


Ye Qing

Honest and trustworthy

The moral model


Little Civilization Angel in Chaoyang Area

Baby Luo

Yang Liying

Care for family members, caring for the elderly

The moral model


Ye Ruling

Ready for help

The moral model


Xu Wei

Professional dedication

The moral model


Li Gaofeng

Volunteer Service

The moral model


Beijing Chaoyang District Committee of Spiritual Civilization