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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:23 am 
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History buff; toured the Taklamakan Desert area of far western China a couple of years back (where the Silk Road split north or south, depending on the current or predicted depredations of the thieves, un-licensed or governmental).
Had an on-line discussion about the trip today and found this image:
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This was taken heading west out of Turpan on the north side of the desert. I don't read Mandarin, but the guide I'd hired told me that this is an ad for what seemed to be the largest auto insurance outfit (which I have to assume is a Chi Com government operation).
According to the guide, the copy was along the lines of 'stuff happens'...
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Some 500Km SW of there, on the south side of the desert and west of Hotan, we stopped for lunch in a sizeable city (50,000 people?); it was notable in that the guide said: "Turn left here for Tibet".
We barely sat down before word passed that an American was there and the guys working there called a buddy or two. Every one of they wanted to know how they could get to the US, since that was where ambitious folks made a ton of money starting new businesses! They all wanted US currency; I ended up making a tidy profit by selling US$1 bills for nothing; I handed them out, and I'm sorry I didn't ask them to wave them for the photo.
Also note that these are the predominant ethnic group in the area; they are Uyghur; Turkish, SW Asian. The Han Chinese are not native to the area, they are the occupiers of it.
And finally, I'm the guy on the right in the England T-shirt; dunno who the old fat guy in the middle is.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:50 pm 
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I enlarged the picture to see what you looked like in your "England" Tee shirt. All of the sudden I sneezed-and I swear to God the sneeze sounded like" bull sheit"

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:12 am 
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Doug McDonnell wrote:
I enlarged the picture to see what you looked like in your "England" Tee shirt. All of the sudden I sneezed-and I swear to God the sneeze sounded like" bull sheit"

Damn! Busted!
Should'a had him wear the Pre Mat shirt.

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