On a vacation in Hong Kong in January, I kept noticing terrific signs that you’d never see in the U.S. I took pictures of a bunch of them, and here are some of my favorites.
I’ve seen “Caution: Wet Floor” signs, but never one warning me about a garden hose. Speaking of watering…
I thought it was fantastic that they actually said “call of nature” on a public sign like this. Some signs, however, were more direct…
Posted in a public park. I loved the graphic. And speaking of urination…
Posted in a public restroom. There was just one toilet paper dispenser for half a dozen stalls; if you expected to need any, you had to get enough, in advance, from that single dispenser.
In the U.S., this would be “No Vending!” or a similarly strongly worded statement.
The wording of this one made me smile.
Posted in a public park. What, without this sign there’d be sheets drying in the trees?
Posted in a zoo, the aviary of which was closed. Yes, bird flu is a big concern in Hong Kong.
There were lots of signs like this one, which was posted in the elevator of a bank building. Public hand sanitizer dispensers were scattered throughout the building. And it was a good thing, too, considering all the bird flu worries.
This was on the inside of a moving van door, and since the door was swung around to the outside of the truck, it was visible to people on the sidewalk. How weirdly polite.
Posted near a pond in a public park. Really, people have to be told not to do this?
I didn’t see any mosquitos in Hong Kong—no doubt thanks to the hard work of the public health officials, who use signs like these to scare residents into action.