Day 282 in Beijing: No Bugles Allowed!

Around and around we go but no bugle playing!

Around and around we go but no bugle playing!

This is a sign by the roundabout at our apartment in Sanlitun.

It is pretty simple and self-expanatory.

It still makes me laugh everytime I see it.

People seem to honk, almost constantly, in Beijing.

Drivers honk to let people know they are coming, they are there, and they are past.

They honk because someone might turn into their lane, and they honk because they want to turn into someone’s lane.

They  honk because they don’t want to wait for someone to move and they honk because they want to stay in a place and have people come to them.

Maybe this isn’t so different than other places I’ve lived but it seems to be honking on a monumental scale here in Beijing.

Anyway, I like the way they let drivers know that they are not supposed to honk their horns with this sign.

It allows me to think of a different time when horns were actually horns.

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