Here is a little collection of oddities that I encountered on our tour of Inner Mongolia. They are in no particular order and have no particular meaning, I just got a kick out them:
The texture of the wallpaper in all of the eating houses we patronised was extraordinary. Most of it was a rich, shiny gold and all of the wallpapers had please-touch-me textures. They must have been a good 4mm thick. The ceiling decoration was not a one off. In all the hotels and restaurants we ate, and we ate a range of places from nice hotels to grungy street restaurants, had some form of decoration on the ceiling. Even the school did as well.
But I think Chinese like wallpaper. My flat is decked out in it – though mine looks like it used to coat the walls of a smoking den. It is nicotine-stained yellow. But that’s a story for another day.