Signs around the world

 

 

In most countries of the world, traffic signs warn drivers against crossing wildlife. In former days, the signs depicted larger animals, which constituted a danger to the driver and his vehicle. In later years, however, many signs have appeared, which urge drivers to slow down, as small animals, such as frogs or hedgehogs, often cross the road – not for the sake of traffic security, but to avoid mass death among these small animals due to fast-moving vehicles. – The pictures below show a selection of traffic signs, depicting various animals.

 

Alperne 2018
Numerous countries have more or less identical traffic signs, depicting deer which jump across the road. This picture is from Schladminger Tauern, Austria. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2018c
The endemic Taiwan macaque (Macaca cyclopis) is fairly common in most parts of Taiwan. This sign was photographed near Linnei. – Another picture, depicting this species, is found elsewhere on this page. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Californien 2013a
This traffic sign in Death Valley National Park, California, warns against burros (feral donkeys) on the road. – Read more about burros elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Sydlige Afrika 1993
In Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, I encountered this sign, warning against crossing elephants (Loxodonta africana). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Chile 2011
In Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar, Chile, you may encounter guanacos (Lama guanicoe) on the road. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Tyrkiet 2018c
In many countries, cattle are roaming the countryside outside enclosures, and you must be aware that you may encounter them any time. This sign is from northern Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

USA 2000-01
Turtles on the road! – Reeds Beach, Delaware Bay, New Jersey, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

_DSC2078
The mikado pheasant (Syrmaticus mikado) is restricted to the highest mountain areas of Taiwan. This sign was seen in Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Californien 2013a
Black bears (Ursus americanus) are common in Sequoia National Park, California. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Tyrkiet 2018e
The text on this sign in Kenting National Park, southern Taiwan, reads as follows: “Crabs crossing the road! Reduce speed!” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Skandinavien 2001-05
Various species of hedgehog are often killed by cars, and they have declined drastically in many places. This sign on the island of Öland, Sweden, warns car drivers against crossing European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

USA 1998-99
This sign in Everglades National Park, Florida, warns that the highly threatened Florida panther (Puma concolor ssp. coryi) may cross the road. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2017a
Frogs often cross the road in this area near Dongshih, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Tyrkiet 2018a
Tyrkiet 2018c
In Turkey, you may encounter domestic pigs (Sus domestica) as well as wild boar (Sus scrofa), on the roads. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

USA 2002-10
Here at Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, United States, ducks often cross the road. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tanzania 1993
Hairdresser’s sign: Muddy Hair Salon, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2017b
Wall painting, depicting a kitten, urging people not to smoke in this area, Sanyi, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2017 
This sign in Bühlertal, Schwarzwald, Germany, reads as follows: “Watch out! Free-running dog. Postman 5, Burglars 3, Cats 6.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018b
Sign, announcing sale of a dog breed, Taichung, Taiwan. Would you buy a dog in a shop, which displays a sign as dilapidated as this one? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
In rocky areas of India, traffic-’signs’ are often painted on rock walls or large boulders. In this picture, a dog is resting beneath the poor remains of a ‘sign’ in Ladakh. The building in the background is Shey Palace, formerly residence of the King of Ladakh. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2017b
Outside this blacksmith’s shop in the village of Dalinpo, near Kaohshiung, Taiwan, the service is announced in the old-fashioned way. Painted on the wall, the text reads as follows: “Hammering iron shop. Retail, repair, production. Sharpening of knives”. – To the left, a faded New Year’s ribbon says: “Ten thousand miles of spring light gives out heavenly fortune” (i.e. money). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007 
Sign outside a shop in Old Bagan, Myanmar. – Credit cards are welcome, but what about their owners? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

At Lake Toplitz, near Bad Aussee, Austria, I noticed the sign in the picture below, which urges visitors not to throw garbage in nature, informing them, how long it really takes for certain items to break down completely: cigarette butts and chewing gum 5 years; plastic bottle 300 years; aluminum can 500 years; and glass bottle 4,000 years.

 

Alperne 2016
This ‘beetle’ on the sign near Lake Toplitz is composed of a plastic bottle, a disposable can, and cigarette butts. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2018
Sign outside the Nuruosmaniye Camii (‘Light of Osman Mosque’), Istanbul, forbidding public kissing. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2018a
Sign, indicating the altitude of Passo della Mauria (1298 m), Dolomites, Italy. The sign is almost covered by badges. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali 2015 
The time of Fuji Films is over, but this sign in Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia, has remained, despite wear and tear. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Around the world, traffic signs urge drivers to slow down because of crossing school children, or children playing on the road. Five examples are shown below.

 

Sjælland 2012-15
In 2015, in a remote corner of Zealand, Denmark, I found this fine, old-fashioned traffic sign, depicting school children, which had miraculously survived modernization. The children trot towards school, school bags in hand, the girl dressed in a skirt – unthinkable in today’s Denmark, where children carry a backpack, and girls are dressed in trousers. This sign is a stark contrast to modern Danish signs, which depict children with ugly, circular heads. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Sydindien 1997-98
As opposed to the peacefully trotting children in the picture above, the school boy in this traffic sign in the town of Munnar, Kerala, South India, is running for dear life. He is probably aware that Indian drivers show very little respect for pedestrians! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Sverige 2015
Sverige 2015
Two home-made traffic signs, warning car drivers against playing children, both from the island of Öland, Sweden. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2016a
Traffic sign, depicting children playing on the road, Wanda, near Wushe, central Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Skilt, Pushkar, Rajasthan, Indien
I do hope that the spaghetti served in this restaurant in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, is cleaner than their sign! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2017a
This info sign on a hiking trail near Wushe, central Taiwan, is almost hidden behind vegetation. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

“Look and decide!” – Along many trails in the Himalaya, you find interesting information boards, painted by local artists, showing hiking trails, mountains, rivers, villages, and a selection of the local wildlife. These three boards were all encountered in the Modi Khola Valley, Annapurna, Nepal.

 

Annapurna 2007
This board depicts a Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), a leopard (Panthera pardus), and a creature, which is probably supposed to be a snow leopard (Uncia uncia), but rather more resembles a hybrid between a leopard and a tiger (Panthera tigris). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Annapurna 2007
This board depicts mountains, a dancing couple, and a pair of kalij pheasants (Lophura leucomelanos). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Annapurna 2007
This board depicts a pale-armed langur (Semnopithecus schistaceus), playing a tabla. – Read about langurs, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Californien 2011a
Rules and regulations for Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur, California, United States. Some prankster has added: “No fun” on the sign. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

India Bloodivensity_resize 
Is an ongoing feud taking place among western chatting animals? – Sign in Annamalai National Park, West Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. (‘Bloodivensity’ should be ‘biodiversity’, and ‘Western Chats’ should be ‘Western Ghats’ – a mountain range in South India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
A somewhat superfluous sign, warning against sand on the road, Sahara Desert, Algeria. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018
Sign on a wall, indicating the house number, Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2016
Beautiful mermaid, advertising for a pub in Old Portland, Maine, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 1968-2001 
This sign in Lammartal Valley, Austria, says “Honey for sale.” – It was probably placed here in the summertime, but maybe there is still a few jars left? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Poster in Amritsar, Punjab, India: “Managing money is an art, and not a science.” – Why not both? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
Chinese propaganda poster, promoting the Chinese way of learning, Lhasa, Tibet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
Sign, discouraging people from feeding coyotes (Canis latrans), Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona, United States. – The coyote is dealt with in detail elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Dog family. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Road sign, warning against horse carts, between Kavak and Havsa, Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2016
Old sign, advertising for Baxter Brewing Company, Old Town, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali 2015 
Road sign, warning against thieving long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. – Read about the long-tailed macaque, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Eat our drugs, and you’ll be strong! – Sign outside a pharmacy, Amritsar, Punjab, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1993 
Sign outside a chemical plant, warning against drinking the water, Palapye, Botswana. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2011a
A decently dressed mermaid, advertising pottery, Charlton, Coos Bay, Oregon, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2000-01 
How can this place in Kochi, Kerala, South India, exist, if it’s prohibited? – The upper text is Malayalam (the main language of Kerala), in the centre Hindi. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydafrika-Namibia 1993
The text on this discarded oil drum forbids entry into a diamond area near Lüderitz, Namibia. – Read more about this diamond area, and about Namibia in general, elsewhere on this website, see Countries and places: Namibia – a desert country. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
Does ‘Bigfoot’ sell gifts and souvenirs here? – Garberville, California. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011
Warning! Very steep road ahead! – Parque Nacional Fray Jorge, Chile. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987 
Chinese commercial poster, Shigatse, Tibet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2016
Sign, advertising apple cider, Long Island, United States. – New England is famous for its production of excellent cider. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

India Pictorial cancellation_resize
Unfortunately, this interesting exhibition at the post office seems to have been cancelled. – Annamalai National Park, West Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2 
Exclusive tobaccos for sale, Tilarán, Cordillera de Tilarán, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1977-96
This home-made sign on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, announces that the road ahead is extremely bumpy. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Egypten 1999 
How long will it take, before you die? – Sign outside the Horus Temple, Edfu, Egypt. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2009
Road marker near Stakna Gompa, Ladakh, India, urging drivers to slow down. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Beware, dog owners! This sign indicates that you get a fine for having your dog on a leash, and also for cleaning up after it! – Winnekenni Park, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998 
Churchgoers in San Pedro de Atitlan, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala, often have a few drinks before going to church. For this reason, they are in dire need to relieve themselves, when the service is over. This sign on the church wall, says: “Please do not urinate here.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indien 1994
The speed limit is indeed very low, when you pass over this road bump near Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. – Before you have finished studying the sign, you may have had an accident! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indien 2003 
Sign near Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India, depicting a road worker, handling a rather inefficient shovel. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the world’s largest lizard, growing to 3.5 metres long and weighing up to 135 kilograms. This monitor lizard was unknown to science until the early 1900s. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, this species has a very limited distribution, found only on the small Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rintja, and Padar, and possibly in a very small area on the western tip of Flores. Secondly, these small islands were uninhabited until the 1800s, when convicts were deported to Komodo – a dry, inhospitable place with a very limited supply of freshwater. – Read more about Komodo dragons elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: Indonesia 1985 – Difficult journey to Komodo.

 

Indonesien 1985
Sign at a feeding area for Komodo dragons, Komodo Island National Park. Today, this practice has been banned. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99 
Sign outside a pub, promoting Guinness beer, in Cloghane, Dingle, south-western Ireland. – Another well-known slogan is: “Guinness is good for you!” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica
This shoemaker in Puerto Jiménez, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica, also sells ‘new sandals’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2015 
No entry. – Dilapidated traffic sign in the village of Glömminge, Öland, Sweden. If you remove the fern, you are informed that residents, or others with an errand, are allowed to enter. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Just in case! – Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle, Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA-Canada 1992 
You must be really drunk not to notice this lake! The sign, however, may be useful in foggy weather. – Chamberlain, Missouri River, South Dakota, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1987
This sign is advertising jungle safaris to Chitwan National Park, Nepal. – This park seems to house enormous tigers! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011a 
El Gloton – dream restaurant for gluttons, Valparaiso, Chile. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2008
This rusted sign on a pole in Kerala, India is warning against high voltage, also in Malayalam, the main language of Kerala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1967-86 
A nice, old-fashioned grocery store with numerous old-fashioned signs, Nesbyen, Halling Valley, Buskerud, Norway. This picture was taken in 1978, so the shop may have long gone. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA-Canada 1992
Home-made warning sign, Charleston, Oregon, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2016 
Are excavators not allowed to remove the wall around this park in Taichung, Taiwan? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Python is a genus of large constricting snakes, comprising eleven species, distributed in tropical regions of Asia and Africa. The Indian rock python (Python molurus) is found on the entire Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka.

In Ancient Greek mythology, Python was a huge dragon or serpent, guarding the temple at Delphi, which by the Ancient Greeks was regarded as the centre of the Earth. In his book Fabulae, Roman author Gaius Julius Hyginus (c. 64 B.C. – 17 A.D.) states that Zeus had made love to the goddess Leto. When she was about to give birth to Apollo and Artemis, goddess Hera got jealous, sending Python to pursue Leto, making her unable to deliver, wherever the sun was shining. When Apollo grew up, he wanted to avenge his mother, travelling to Mount Parnassos, where the monster dwelled. He chased it to Delphi, where he killed it with his arrows.

 

Nordindien 1985-86
As is obvious from this info sign in Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India, the rock python is a formidable predator. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2015 
Sign on a door, Hulterstad, Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
Dog, sleeping beneath a sign in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the following slogan (in English and Nepali): “Clean green healthy Kathmandu.” – The surroundings seem to belie this allegation. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2002-10 
Humourous sign, depicting ‘wildlife’, Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Poster in Amritsar, Punjab, India, advertising candy: “Toys that I can eat and play with!” – Shouldn’t it be the other way around? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2010 
Home-made sign: Beware of abyss ahead! – Rueilli, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

In 2004, when I visited the Bhote Kosi Valley, central Nepal, this area was controlled by Maoist rebels, fighting against the government. I had to pay a ‘donation’ of 1000 Rupees, or I would not be allowed to pass this village, but otherwise the Maoists were very polite towards me.

 

Rolwaling 2004
Suspension bridge across the Bhote Kosi River, near Jagat. The red banner on the bridge reads as follows: “Let us fight against the government. Help the low castes and get rid of the caste system.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Mani stones are stone slabs with chiseled Buddhist mantras, which you may read more about elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Buddhism.

 

Ladakh 2009
Sadly, on this row of mani stones near Upshi, Ladakh, India, it has been necessary to instruct tourists not to urinate at this sacred site. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2002-10
Sign outside a lobster restaurant, Southwest Harbor, Mount Island, Acadia National Park, Maine, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
Kitschy sign, warning against a dangerous side trail on the Walami Trail, Yushan National Park, eastern Taiwan. The announced danger has nothing to do with bears, however, although the Formosan black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus ssp. formosanus) is occasionally seen in this area. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Private house, which is also a tour info centre, Tortuguero National Park, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
White and regular teeth! – Dental clinic, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2007
Outside a shop in Yuanyang, Yunnan Province, China, I noticed this sign with a remarkable English text: “Yuxin the bed is last toreside the decoratins.” – I was told that the shop sold bedroom decoration. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2015 
An overwhelming amount of information, Brösarps Backar, Skåne, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) lives in southern Africa. Where they are fed regularly by tourists, baboons often become aggressive and may have to be shot. – Read more about baboons, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes.

 

Sydlige Afrika 1993
This sign in Cape of Good Hope National Park, South Africa, prohibits feeding of baboons. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Alperne 2018
Collecting Burgundy snails (Helix pomatia) is not allowed in the Krajcarca Valley, near Trenta, Triglavski National Park, Slovenia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77 
Happy little Tamil girl, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India. Note the official sign in the background: “Avoid rumours and loose talk. Do your duty.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1987 
Are the meals prepared inside a mountain? – Ghumna, Langtang National Park, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2009 
Sign, warning against snakes and bees, Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2009
In dry Ladakh, north-western India, where water is scarce, an owner of a roadside restaurant has urged his customers not to waste water. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
This signpost in Sheding Nature Park, Kenting National Park, southern Taiwan, is shaped as a sika deer (Cervus nippon) – a species which was exterminated in this area, but has now been re-introduced. The text says: “Keep walking! Approaching to exit!” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991
‘Touris information board’, announcing ‘dobal rooms’, Banthanti, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99 
“No lifeguard on duty.” – This sign in Bayville, Long Island, United States, seems a little irrelevant in December, when this picture was taken! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2007 
This photo studio in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, can compete with the famous town in Wales about possessing the world’s longest name: HAPPYBOYCHILDPHOTOGRAPHYORGANIZATION. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Sign, instructing people to leave hatchlings of sea turtles alone, Tortuguero National Park, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997 
Firearms are not allowed to walk into this bank in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
This Taiwan macaque (Macaca cyclopis) at Linbei Chukou, near Linnei, Taiwan, is waiting to be fed by tourists beside a sign, which prohibits people to do so. The presence of the monkey is proof that this rule is often violated. – Read more about the Taiwan macaque, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zimbabwe-Kenya 1994 
Wildlife ranger at a sign, warning against poaching, Whowi, Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-1
In this fancy shop you can get woolen ‘godis’ and yakbone ‘soovenirs’. – Thangshyap, Langtang National Park, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

In Jhiben National Forest, eastern Taiwan, a steep flight of stairs leads up to a huge weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) with numerous stilt roots, called ‘Thousand-root Banyan’. – Read more about this remarkable tree, as well as other large fig trees, elsewhere on this website, see Plants: Ancient and huge trees.

 

Taiwan 2014b 
This sign has been placed halfway up the steep flight of stairs in Jhiben National Forest to encourage people, who are about to turn back. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
Don’t disturb this bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) in Periyar National Park, Kerala, India. – Read about this species, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2009
In the Black Necked Crane Hotel, Weining, Guizhou Province, China, I noticed this sign on the counter. At first sight, the meaning of the text was not quite obvious, but ‘with a little help from my friends’, some light was thrown on it: Guests were requested not to leave any valuables in their room. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006 
A stylish pedestrian! – Sign in the town of Zonguldak, northern Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989 
Garbage dump, donated by Lion’s Club, Lindi, Tanzania. – If I were a member of this Lion’s Club, I wouldn’t be happy with the condition of this monument! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1992
Humourous sign at the jaguar’s den, Tucson Desert Zoo, Arizona, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Thailand Alien detective_resize 
Part of the text on this sign board in Bangkok, Thailand has faded, so now it reads: “Translation for alien detective.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
Sign board outside a dentist’s clinic, Shigatse, Tibet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994 
Before you have finished reading this sign at the entrance to Nagarjun Royal Forest, Kathmandu, Nepal, informing visitors about park rules and regulations, the day is over! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Fancy sign, leading followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Kingdom Hall in the village of Chitaba, Zambia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 2004 
Would you visit this ‘restaorant’ in Tingri, Tibet, even if you were very hungry? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
Sign above a Tibetan restaurant, Shigatse, Tibet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006 
Don’t climb on the ruins! – Sign at Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire during the late Bronze Age, today situated near the town of Bogazkale (Bogazköy), Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2007
Is this garbage container only for organisms? – Anshun, Guizhou Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1992 
Sign, warning against American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
Apparently, the white-water rafting depicted on this sign takes place during a hurricane! – Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2000-01
Commercial signs, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. – Santa, handing out Coca Cola as Christmas gifts. As the temperature in this area all year around is about 28o Centigrade, he must be terribly hot in his outfit! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 2004
In this shop in the village of Tingri, Tibet you can buy vegetables, and if they don’t go down too well, you can always come back here to buy some drugs! And when you have eaten the drugs, maybe you’ll xing a song? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000 
“Delicious sweet fine here.” – Sign outside a shop in the village of Marpha, Kali Gandaki, C Nepal. Are you going to get fined here, but in a nice way? No, on the contrary, you can find delicious sweets inside the shop. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
Chinese propaganda, Shigatse, Tibet, 1987. This huge poster, depicting very happy Tibetan herders, is a striking contrast to the harsh conditions, which the Tibetans had to endure during The Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. The text, in Chinese and Tibetan, announces the following: “Act together! Pay attention to hygiene! Prevent illness by raising your personal health level!” – Read more about Tibet elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: Tibet 1987 – Tibetan summer. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Varanasi 2008 
Do you have to climb the wall to get to Hotel Elena? – Advertisement near the Ganges River, Varanasi, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Yunnan 2007
This sign along a highway in Yunnan Province, China displays remarkable English. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1996 
Home-made sign near Samfya, Zambia: “Barber shop and hair blowi-ng.” – In 1997, when this photograph was taken, a trend among Zambian women was to make their hair look as big as possible, so hot air was blown into it to make it even more fluffy. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2009-1
Sign at small wayside restaurant in the village of Sundarijal, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, announcing that ‘dry and wet foods are available’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012 
I wonder if the drinking water supply is also contaminated with mercury? – Kenoza Lake, Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded August 2016)

 

(Revised continuously)