The Chinglish patient

4th September 2009 at 01:00
Visitors to China may have noticed comical English - or "Chinglish" - translations on public signs

One at Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower reads: "The ragamuffin, drunken people and psychotics are forbidden to enter."

A Shanghai hotel, meanwhile, advises guests to "leave your values at the front desk". Another at Beijing's "bird's nest" stadium reads: "Tender, fragrant grass. How hard-hearted to trample them."

Beijing made efforts to correct solecisms in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics. Shanghai is now launching a similar campaign before it hosts the 2010 World Expo.

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