White Scent


White in Chinese


When I found out that I was really going to China (as opposed to “Yeah. Sure. You’re going. Probably”) I tried to read up on the language. I realized that a book was not going to help me with the tones (Mandarin has 4, Cantonese has 6) so I focused on the writing. I got a book from Amazon and started reading.
Don’t get too impressed, I only remembered about a dozen or so.
At one point I noticed that the lobby of the hotel in China had a bar called “White Scent”. Beneath the “White Scent” sign were a couple of Chinese characters. I assumed that these meant “White Scent” in Chinese. The symbol for “white” is one of the dozen that I remember.
Trouble is, I didn’t see the symbol for white in the Chinese characters.
When our host met me in the hotel lobby, I asked him about it. He was even more puzzled. Even though the English sign said “White Scent”, the Chinese characters meant “Heavenly Spa”. We discussed this and concluded that this is probably some kind on demographics issue.

This led to a discussion of tattoos. Tattoos aren’t very fashionable in China. Only criminals and very violent people have them. I had often wondered about people who got tattoos of Chinese characters without knowing anything about them. (“I was told that it means ‘Peace'”) Our host said that he has seen this on television. He remarked that he once saw a woman with a tattoo that meant “fat, stupid woman”

The tattoo was probably right.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.