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Falling Rock Signs in China

near Macau, XI.2001; pict. R. Fong
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
(Translation by our man in China RM).

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.

Shanhaiguan (Hebei Prov.), Longevity Mountain, 22.III.2010; pict. R. Mason
Chengyang, 09.IX.2015; pict. J. Breine

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.
The diversity in Chinese Falling Rock Signs is slowly rising and the number of stones is falling. The two major boulders are probably the largest ever seen on a roadsign: almost half as high as the cliff. Notice also the peculiar shape and the presence of strokes suggestion movement.

We've seen huge rocks in other countries but these designs are confined to China. Let's hope for more.

Additional signs: Falling Bodies

Bejing, 10.VII.2005;
pict. E. Van Den Bergh
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 is understood it is 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 some from New Zealand also.

dāng xīn luò wù = watch out for falling objects

Hanzou, 21.VII.2005;
pict. E. Van Den Bergh
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.

dāng xīn zhuì luò = beware of falling down


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