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Beijing: Good food, bad English?

November 27, 2007 | By More

china3.jpgAs the Olympics approach, the Beijing government has been attempting to improve the city’s accessibility to non Chinese speaking visitors. Part of this effort includes encouraging businesses to fix poorly worded and ungrammatical English signs and menus – ubiquitous throughout the country – and imploring cab drivers and locals to be friendly and helpful to tourists.While Beijing boasts some pretty amazing restaurants, in the past, we have failed to partake in the culinary experience due to communication and/or surly taxi drivers who, when confused about where to go, ejected us as they saw fit. It did not seem to matter that we waved a piece of paper on which our hotel concierge had carefully written in Chinese the name of our intended destination.

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As the Olympics approach, the Beijing government has been attempting to improve the city’s accessibility to non Chinese speaking visitors. Part of this effort includes encouraging businesses to fix poorly worded and ungrammatical English signs and menus – ubiquitous throughout the country – and imploring cab drivers and locals to be friendly and helpful to tourists.While Beijing boasts some pretty amazing restaurants, in the past, we have failed to partake in the culinary experience due to communication and/or surly taxi drivers who, when confused about where to go, ejected us as they saw fit. It did not seem to matter that we waved a piece of paper on which our hotel concierge had carefully written in Chinese the name of our intended destination.

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[via SeattlePI Blogs]

Category: Food

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