Shanghai - sign - no bugles - CIT - small - 320 x 240
Enough with the bugle playing already, dude!
(photo by CIT)

Signs like this can be found all over Shanghai and probably other cities in China as well.  The first time I saw one, my first reaction (edited for added alliteration) was, “Wait, there’s a ban on bugle playing?  Are public binges of blasting by roving bands of buglers a problem here?”  But of course the horn is meant to represent a car horn, and as anyone who’s spent any time on roads in China can attest, excessive horn use IS a problem.  In certain areas like residential developments, these signs help discourage people from using their horn for everything from warning other drivers to warning pedestrians, warning cylists, urging traffic to move faster, expressing indignation, and apparently just asserting their right to blow their horn whenever they feel like it.

While I’m on the topic of  driving in China, I’ll go ahead and plug a book I read recently that I found moving, fascinating, and funny: Country Driving: a Chinese Road Trip, by Peter Hessler.  At some point I’d like to write a review of it in this blog, but for now I’ll just say that it’s required reading for anyone who wants to understand contemporary China and some of the effects that the rapid changes there have had on the lives of the Chinese people.

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