China’s tourism industry is growing, and more and more tourists are opting to stay away from the tourist-focused cities of the south-east of the country.
But some of those who are staying away are still seeing the signs, even if they can’t actually see them.
It’s not uncommon to see signs like this: The sign in question is the famous red cross that appears on every hotel entrance and road, or signs on the roads in which tourists usually stay.
But it’s not always the case, and sometimes those signs are just not up to date.
For example, the sign on the Chinese word for “China” says “Tianxing”, which means “the place of the Chinese people”.
But this isn’t the only time that the sign has been updated.
In 2012, the “Tianshen” sign was updated to read “Tienxing” (the place where the Chinese first arrived) and the “Wuhe”, the name of the area where they lived.
In 2016, a sign was added in front of a hotel in the capital Beijing saying “Auxi” (Chinese for “foreigner”).
It read “Aujiang”.
It was updated twice this year, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the “Aujiu” sign actually updated.
And it doesn’t end there.
The sign for the city of Tianjin was also updated twice, with the message “The Chinese People’s Republic”.
But it wasnít until 2017, when it was updated again, that the text was updated.
And the text has been unchanged ever since.
So it looks like many signs that have appeared since the 1950s are just a fluke, while the rest are a sign of the times.