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Tactile paving, bumpy high visibility tiles set into pavements to act as guides for the visually impaired (in fact a Japanese invention), is finally finding its way into the cities of China – although some have expressed reservations about the made in China version having the exact opposite effect to what was intended.

The actual purpose of the tiles seems not to have filtered down to all those tasked with setting them, or is simply not cared about.

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Indeed, in some cases it almost seems as though the tiles were part of an intentional effort to get rid of the follower…

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    Avatar of asmadeous
    Comment by asmadeous
    05:57 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Just follow the yellow-brick road.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What, you mean that /spray-painted/ one, with no tactile sensation to it? xD

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    13:04 12/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    As expected from a country that has exploding chairs and shit. I wouldn't be surprised if the yellow brick road was laced with explosive substance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I live there. It's not really so bad. In fact, perhaps the reason China is growing to dominate the world is precisely because they can pretend to be Communist while enacting the most extreme forms of no-regulation Capitalism. Whereas the USA for example pretends to be capitalist but is in fact Communist. USA has the developed world's highest corporate tax rate for example more than twice China's MAINLAND rate. And China even has a 0% tax haven for corporations (Hong Kong) which attracts millions of jobs. USA bails out banks such as Citigroup who is headquartered in Hong Kong, so the US bailout money goes to create jobs in China, xie xie USA!

    The West may think it heartless, but not spending massive amounts of money on your unproductive elements (unemployed, disabled) and not forcing massive regulations (handicap standards, blind guides like this, etc.) does help an economy boom.

    Everyone says they want jobs but nobody in the West seems to understand what that entails.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    13:15 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm more worried about the fact that china has so many death traps, just on the sidewalk, i couldn't even imagine walking, let alone driving in a city thats has random trees, ditches and manholes/earthholes that they just "build around"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 27/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope you never become unemployed and disabled because the moment you do you will be a worthless piece of trash , you know, like the stuff that comes out of your mouth.

    Avatar of MasterJ633
    Comment by MasterJ633
    07:48 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "..And Look Out for that Wall.... To late."

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Watch out for that tree!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    joh-juh of the urban jungle indeed :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you live in china and you don't know where THAT wall is you should be killed by it, even if you are blind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 13/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a Chinese, I look it as a shame. Actually, It is common in China. You can see this situation in almost every China's cities.The main reason is that those managers of the cities pay attention to GDP but neglect whether the cost is useful. In fact, the disabled, including the blind, seldom leave their house alone-many departments in high buildings have no lifts-becasue it is difficult for them if they don't have helpness from their family. Further more,they cannot afford the cost of an electric wheerchair.Thay are so pity.Please not make fun of them and if you can, help them.

    Comment by flood
    05:50 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    OMFG I couldn't stop laughing as I kept scrolling down! xD

    China.. tsk tsk tsk... Ohhhh China...

    Avatar of obro
    Comment by obro
    08:31 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    We have that in here to. Same shit.

    Did not know they are for blind people. I learned something today. ON SANKAKU

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Crash CRASH!!!! We learned something today!!!!
    Waits for server to explode :D

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    11:46 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow Appraise these people they just the original meaning of fail, butt raped it, and spawned a new meaning never before conceived by the human mind

    Did I mention I couldn't stop laughing!?
    wish there was a bigger gallery of something this epic

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anomaly Detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing's anormal, it's china

    Avatar of Alski
    Comment by Alski
    20:34 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You'll see that there's long dashes, which should mean that's it's safe for them to contine and dots, which means they should stop"

    Funny how NONE of the obstacles have dots in front of them :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those tiles are so uncomfortable to walk on. Completely useless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not for walking on.

    They're for blind people that have those canes/sticks to touch on as they walk. You'll see that there's long dashes, which should mean that's it's safe for them to contine and dots, which means they should stop.

    The more you know.

    Avatar of Kubo Toshimitsu
    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    14:38 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, aren't those simply decorations?
    There are a lot of those too in my town, which will lead you to your doom if you actually followed it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic China FAIL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 13/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that you used the overused word 'epic' makes you fail more, douche

    Avatar of Erin Bushay
    Comment by Erin Bushay
    20:37 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, this made my day. It seemed each picture got better and better.

    Avatar of Abysselene
    Comment by Abysselene
    06:06 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It seems that in China, blind people do this work ^^.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i think this is china's way of thinning the heard. they really are a tough crowd.☺

    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    12:14 12/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wow. Apparently China is trolling the blind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loled at your comment....now I dont know if I should be ashamed or not.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Its racism remade *_* to lower the population once again

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 12/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    you're all idiots, its obvious its just decoration, china reuses everything, they wont let anything go to waste, they screw the original plan and wing it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually, I don't see how they use it incorrectly.
    Look on the other side.
    They are supposed to notify that there is an edge coming up.
    These can usually be found in railway stations in many countries.
    They go alongside the platform, to inform people that if you step further, you will fall.
    So guys, you are looking at it from the wrong side.
    But yes, most of these are for decoration only.
    But not 1,2,3,4,7,15,20.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 13/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no you see the way they did it that some lead the blind to helpful places like cross walks and such. Then they have ones leading to cliffs and holes. So blind will think oh this leads me somewhere... wham into the hole. It was showing that some were miss leading. The point of those is to guide you to your destination not lead you to a hole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 14/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if it was for decoration, this is still an unwise use. Blind people will still mistakenly use it regardless until told otherwise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 13/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've never seen a railway station right?
    For example, those are found near the edge to the rails to visually tell people to step behind them when the train is coming.

    I've never seen anyone follow those...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dots mean stop. Bars mean walk. The ones in railway stations that warn of edges are dots. Most of the ones in these photos are bars that lead into dangerous situations.

    Avatar of TeruyaEiko
    Comment by TeruyaEiko
    06:33 12/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Japanese invention. Naturally they're using this Japanese invention to cleverly get rid of the blind Japanese.

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    05:57 12/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well it's already a communist dystopia. They had to start exterminating the elderly and the impaired sooner or later.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    06:36 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Constructing these pavements was expensive, so they needed some way to save money on pensions...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    06:54 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't really blame them you know that artificial retina NASA invented a few years back is to sophisticated for their industry to copy at this point in time and it's too expensive for them to buy it from the US.
    That and their best reverse engineering teams are presently trying to copy the RL-10 rocket engine and the F22 jet fighter.

    Avatar of Ota-Kool
    Comment by Ota-Kool
    06:24 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its China quality what do you expect? You probably suffering a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder for symmetry like Death the Kid of Soul Eater if you are living in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 12/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    say that to the Chinese in person they will laugh at you for being Filipino. Philippines are the Mexicans of Asia. you are a lesser race. go hate on china because haters are just jealous just like the Japanese hate on china because they surpass japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yes let's insult not one or two but three countries while we're being complete racist dicks! I hope most Chinese people aren't like you, damn nazi.

    And you are right China surpasses Japan that's why they invented these steps first, right? Oh wait.

    Moron.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    07:12 12/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Even if you don't believe in the "Evil China" idea, you can't deny that they have a history of horrid human rights violations and some of the laziest building codes in advanced nations in the world.

    That said, it's also a pretty well documented thing in China to not be so keen towards the impaired. It is struggling to cater to the perfectly healthy people. The government just can't be bothered with such trifles. Evil or no, maybe they're just incredible insensitive and/or lazy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    china surpass japan? at what, screwing over the people? suppressing closer nations to still be part of china and then steal all achievements they made by threating them? using military force on EVERYTHING? making holidays for international criminals? spreading propaganda that would even make the hitler bow his head in shame? nigga you high?

    Avatar of Ota-Kool
    Comment by Ota-Kool
    18:58 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dude So what if I'm Filipino and you are a Chinese? Although what's your point in laughing? Your country and mine have both screw up sometimes like what happen here the bus hostage crisis that left some of your fellow country men dead and yours the Melamine tainted milk which cause ruckus in the milk industry...So what so funny?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'd rather eat poison. Which, in China, may actually be your food if you are not careful. (See one of the many many sewage food articles)

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    06:33 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hey Commie Chink, no dirty Commie Chinese allowed here. Don't ever come back here. Your presence here only desecrates this place and impurify everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    mad ah tiong spotted

    >implying that you thought that being anonymous makes you sound like a third party.

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    17:29 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who knew there were this many Chinese that can't take a joke on sankaku?

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    Comment by seka
    07:40 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    to believe a small island surpassed a bigger country O_O, nothing to do with IQ try finding out how it came to be

    Comment by Anonymous

    everything you know about china is form the western mediea its all propaganda. what do you really know? can yau say you know form experiance or you read it off this site that could be propaganda and anti china? want to know about horrid human rights violation Google UNIT 731, Google how the European killed 100million north american natives. Google united states Guantanamo bay.

    Comment by Anonymous

    glad to see your brain absorbs western/ Japanese propaganda that is anti Chinese. you relies this is anti china propaganda right? do you really believe these things? everything you know about china is from western media which is anti Chinese propaganda. have you even been to china? no, so how do you know anything true? some humans have such low IQ

    Avatar of Elcachetondelpuro
    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    06:03 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, no different from a nazi utopia? O_o








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