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The characters do in fact say "Chinatown" and they're not upside down.

as for Chipotle, if I remember correctly the characters there transliterate "Chipotle" into "qi-po-te-lei" and then add "roasted meat restaraunt" at the end.

The signage in Chinese in Chinatown is a mix of transliterated names and descriptions of what they sell. Urban Outfitters is "Mens and Women's clothing and useful household items" where Starbucks is the character for "star" plus "ba-ke" to give you sound of "buck".

The best though is "Hooters" which they put in as "Owl Restaurant". Kinda misses the flavor of the original.

by Moose on Feb 10, 2011 12:01 pm • linkreport

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