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Falling Rocks in China
|Notice the unnatural path of the rocks on their way down.
It looks like they are driven with the wind.
(More examples in Iceland.)
I'm not sure if there was any influence (they are linked through Portugal), but we have a sign from the Azores with a similar wall and the same number of boulders.
The text says: zhù yì luò shí or pay attention to falling rocks
|near Macau, XI.2001; pict. R. Fong|
|Badaling, II.2006; pict. N. Neerink||Xian -> Zhashui (Shaanxi Prov.),
V.2006; pict. N. Neerink
|Tianshui -> Lanzhou (Gansu Prov.),
V.2006; pict. N. Neerink
|Two of our year 2006 finds are reminding us of the roadsign we've found near Macau. We recognize the same number of stones and notice also a huge improvement in the drawing. The stones now have different shapes and sizes and the path which they are following is much more natural. Could that mean that the party is losing grip?||The sign found near the Long Wall at Badaling proves that even more variation can be expected. That's good news, it's the country's first find with five boulders (See statistics). Our spotters there are on full alert.|
|Our Man in China is a lucky bastard who can spot during working hours. And with result: an
old specimen which is clearly different from all former finds. The trajectory is more natural than
on the other signs from China and the size of the boulders surely makes this a real warning sign. Nobody
wants one of these on his head.
We've seen huge rocks in other countries but this exact design is confined to China. Let's hope for more.
|Shanhaiguan (Hebei Prov.), Longevity Mountain, 22.III.2010; pict. R. Mason|
Additional signs: Falling Bodies
|This was found near a temple in obvious need of some
repairs. It was only after a while that I managed to read it (the drawing, not the chinese).
The weird thing at the bottom is a torso of a man. Once this becomes clear it's easy to recognize
the head and boulders.
It will be a challenge to find something uglier —I won't even try.
For a long time —Having no other knowledge of Chinese than Nĭ Hăo— I've read this as a Falling Rock Sign. The translation by R. Mason proves otherwise: objects, not rocks are mentioned†. A picture surely may be worth a thousand words, but we still need words to resolve ambiguities.
Rock signs with people are a rarity. We have a specimen from New Zealand though.
|Bejing, 10.VII.2005; pict. E. Van Den Bergh — † dāng xīn luò wù = watch out for falling objects|
|It's not a falling rock sign‡, I do agree, but my eyes were so badly hit that I couldn't do anything but cry out loud. Looking at a find of the Faeroe Islands with exactly the same warning I can only wonder what went wrong with the easterner's appreciation of beauty and good taste.|
|Hanzou, 21.VII.2005; pict. E. Van Den Bergh — ‡ dāng xīn zhuì luò = beware of falling down||Faeroe Islands|
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