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12 Hilarious Chinglish Signs in China

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Chinese and English are not easily interchangeable. After traveling all over China, I’ve compiled these photos of some of the funniest signs I’ve seen. Whether it’s just bad Chinglish, typos, or a complete lack of care, these signs are hilarious, especially when you inadvertently stumble upon them while going about your day.

If you need a smorking break, you can go for a smorke just over here!

Smorking Section

Or, if you’re after some noodies, China has got you covered!

Cold Noodies

Apparently, the metal balls in China taste delicious!

Deep fried metal balls

And be careful when you walk into the bar! The English on this one is fine, but the fact that a sign like this is necessary is both haunting and hysterical.

Sex, Money, Drugs

I found this sign in an elevator. I mean, obviously. Because that totally makes sense.


And of course, everybody’s favorite part of the bank…


This is one of my favorites, but that’s just because I’m a sucker for bad toilet humor. You are the best!


Unreduce, unreuse, unrecycle. What I think they were getting at was “non-recyclables,” but still…


Just like the Western world plasters Chinese characters all over their clothes, so, too, does the Eastern world with the Western alphabet. I’ve seen people wearing clothes that look like Abercrombie or Hollister, but instead of branding, they simply read “XYGIRJSDNT.” Usually, they don’t even know what their shirt says, just like Westerners don’t know what the Chinese on their shirts mean! These were two of my favorites. The boy on the left is about four-years-old and the girl on the right is about 12.


Chinese food is, of course, one of the highlights of visiting this bizarre country. Oh, China, you so fashion!

Fashion Food

I also want to make sure you’re aware of the global warming crisis. China is obviously very concerned about this.


One of the funniest things to envision, but also the most annoying to deal with, is the locals squatting on Western toilets and leaving their footprints on the seat! As much as I don’t want to see that in action, I know it would be incredibly funny to watch.


I’m just happy somebody is taking preventative measures by posting this tiny three-inch sign!


Which one of these was your favorite? If you’ve been to Asia, where did you find the best butchering of the English language?

About the Author: Jeremy Foster

Born in America, Jeremy, an IT specialist by trade, packed up his belongings and left home on an open-ended trip to Australia. Years later, he's still on the move and exploring other countries. He is now a mobile cocktail bartender and the head writer for travelFREAK! You can usually find him on either side of the bar, acting wanky and pretentious about booze.

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  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    Yes, just yes. How I LIVE for these things!

    • Jeremy Foster

      Haha! It’s the small things that get me through the day!

  • Aleah |

    Hilarious! Love the alcoholic girl :D

    • Jeremy Foster

      So funny, right? I told her what it meant after I saw it, and she covered her shirt with her hands for the rest of class! She wouldn’t let anybody see!

  • Andrea and John

    The kids clothes are hilarious!

    • Jeremy Foster

      “NO FAT CHICKS” is definitely my favorite!

  • Laura @ Travelocafe

    These are hilarious! However, the kids are cute in their innocence :)

    • Jeremy Foster

      Haha well we definitely can’t fault them! But funny nonetheless!

  • Noel @ wander2nowhere

    These just made me laugh out loud. I was in China for 2 months beginning of this year. I’ve seen some really hilarious signs. They never failed to make me laugh.

    • Jeremy Foster

      I just wish I got photos of all the funny signs I’ve seen! There were some gems that I just didn’t get a chance to take a photo of. The best part, though, is that they’re everywhere!

      • Noel @ wander2nowhere

        Yes they are really everywhere! It’s a great challenge to take a photo of all the funny signs you encounter, unless you set a day to go out on a mission to take them! Hmm.. maybe you should :P

  • Jennifer Dombrowski

    Thanks for the laugh! Clearly, something has been lost in translation.

    • Jeremy Foster

      Hahaha CLEARLY! :-)

  • Ryan O’Rourke

    I absolutely love Chinglish signs—always brightens up my day!

    • Jeremy Foster

      It’s even funnier to see the faces of the Chinese people who simply can’t understand why I’m taking a photo of a boring old sign.

  • Stefania-The ItalianBackpacker

    Very funny, I see signs like these in Italy too!

  • Irina

    Love Alcoholic Girls! Where can I get one like that?? I also have a collection of senseless Chinese translations, but yours are better

    • Jeremy Foster

      She was NOT happy when I told her what it meant (in retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have told an 11 year old what an alcoholic was…). I think I have a few friends who would proudly wear that shirt, though :-D

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