Late this afternoon, while leaving the Puxi side of the Expo 2010 (World’s Fair) grounds, I happened to pause at a bus stop which – to my great surprise – provided this (presumably) inadvertent commentary on Shanghai’s Huangpu River.
It’s true: despite monumental efforts to improve Shanghai’s riverfront (including wonderful work at the Expo site), the river which runs through this great river town remains highly polluted. I actually did a bit of looking into this subject a year ago, and if you’re interested in the details, you might consider paying the fee necessary to access this paper. Gross river, indeed.
[ed. note: The staff at Shanghai Scrap believes that there’s rather too much writing about Chinglish in the foreign media and blogsphere – especially by people like me who really have no business making fun of someone else’s foreign language ability. And that’s why we maintain a “One Chinglish Post Per Year” policy at Shanghai Scrap. Needless to say, there was very little discussion about whether or not the above entry should be this year’s example; not only is it funny, it is -arguably – an apt commentary on a pressing environmental issue. Congratulations, Expo 2010.]
[Addendum: Additional Shanghai Scrap thoughts on Expo 2010 English, from 2009, here.]