both signs Wudang Shan, 18.vii.2009; pict. H. De Meyer
Notice the shape of the boulders: they lack any credibility.
near Macau, xi.2001;
pict. R. Fong
Notice the unnatural path of the rocks on their way down.
It looks like they are floating away with the wind.
Find another example of this phenomenon in Iceland.
The text says:
zhù yì luò shí or
pay attention to falling rocks
(Translation by our man in China RM).
Xian -> Zhashui (Shaanxi Prov.),
17.v.2006; pict. N. Neerink
Tianshui -> Lanzhou (Gansu Prov.),
26.v.2006; pict. N. Neerink
Two of our year 2006 finds are reminding us of the roadsign
we've found near Macau. We recognize the same number of stones and notice also a huge
improvement in the drawing. The stones now have different shapes and sizes and
the path which they are following is much more natural.
The sign found near the Long Wall at Badaling proves that even
more variation in the constellation of the rocks can be found. That is good news and it is the country's first find
with five boulders (See statistics). Our spotters there are on full alert.
pict. N. Neerink
Shanhaiguan (Hebei Prov.), Longevity Mountain, 22.iii.2010; pict. R. Mason
pict. J. Breine
Our Man in China is a lucky bastard who can spot during working hours. And he is getting results : here a unique specimen which with four huge boulders. The trajectory is more natural than
on the other signs from China and the size of the boulders makes this a real warning sign for sure. Nobody
wants one of these on his head.
The diversity in Chinese Falling Rock Signs is slowly rising and the number of stones
is falling. The two major boulders are probably the largest ever seen on a roadsign: almost
half as high as the cliff. Notice also the peculiar shape and the presence of strokes
pict. E. Van Den Bergh
pict. E. Van Den Bergh
This was found near a temple in obvious need of some
repairs. It was only after a while that I managed to read this drawing.
The weird thing at the bottom is a torso of a man. Once this is understood it is easy to recognize
the head and boulders.
For a long time —My skills don't reach beyond
I have read this as a Falling Rock Sign. Thanks to the translation by R. Mason we now know that objects, not rocks,
are mentioned (†). A picture surely may be worth a thousand words, but we still need words
to resolve ambiguities.
† dāng xīn luò wù = watch out for falling objects
It is not a falling rock sign (‡
), I do agree, but my eyes were so badly hit
that I thought I should share the feeling.
Looking at a find of the Faeroe Islands
exactly the same warning I can only wonder what went wrong with the easterner's
appreciation of beauty and good taste.
‡ dāng xīn zhuì luò = beware of falling down
Shangzhou, Jiangxi Province, 22.x.2018; pict. N. Heerink
In general, it is rather difficult to become ecstatic about Chinese road sign designs, but
this find really is something worth the burden of a long distance flight.
A unique specimen
featuring a nice rock face. Rocks are falling down and people are threathened by the rain of stones.
A dark cloud hovers over the scene and gives the poor people a nasty shower. Marvelous.
Falling Rock Signs with people are a rarity.
They are most commonly spotted in New Zealand
Rock signs with clouds however, haven't been reported from any country yet.