Erlian, China
二連內蒙古中国

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Proud store owner opening shop, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006

Frazzled by all the signage, I asked my friend Sally to translate what this guy was selling:
“It is funny cuz that’s lots of different stores in that small little room: The one on the top says it’s a liquor/cigarette store. Then the second sign says some kind of hotel/hostel... and at the right bottom in black, it says intermediary service for jobs. On the door, it says ‘international phone calls’ and they help you to take care of visas and reserve hotels if you want to travel. Finally on the window, it sells Mongolian noodles and dumplings....”


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My traveling companions, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006

Eager entrepreneurs often market their trade by scribbling telephone numbers— with a brief word or two about their services offered— on building walls throughout China. In this case, the brand new building we were sitting in front of became victim to such ads even before tenants moved in. It seemed a bit rude to use perma-marker on buildings, especially with the new stone façade found on this one. Even crazier is the fact is that everyone knows who is marking up these buildings because their number is right there!


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Mongolian vertical script, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006

Although no longer officially used in Mongolia, the traditional vertical Mongolian script is still used throughout Inner Mongolian province in China; it is one of the most interesting I have come across.

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Getting ready for the day, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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An outdoor game of pool, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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Morning rush hour traffic, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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Mirror memories, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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Mongolian graffiti, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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The Peruvian, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006


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Cyrillic graffiti, Èrlián, 二连, Inner Mongolia, China — August 2006

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