Archive for the ‘Gong An’ Category

Watch Out! Pedestrian District

September 11, 2007


Most of the cities in China now have the pedestrian district. That is the motorcars road is blocked so the pedestrian can freely walk in the middle-of-the-road. Usually both sides of the road are with many different kinds of shops and shopping centers. Usually there will be many people gather around the pedestrian district during Saturday and Sunday. You can find food; drinks and some local entertainment there. Sometimes there are fashion shows or other charity shows performed. This is also one of the symbol of the city landmark. there will be many people from other China cities walking around the street too.

Since there are many tourist and like us the Hong Kong people will love to take a walk there, local pickpocket parties are there too. (Usually three people a team)

And sometime people will come to you and say that they have antiques with good bargain prices.

Some people will approach you and ask you whether you would like to change RMB (Chinese money) with good rate.

Some pretty young girls will approach you and ask you to give them some money to buy food because they came from other China city and they have no money to buy food. (When you take a deep look on their dressings, you can easily find that this is a lie).

If you are a single man walking there, you have to be very careful when one or two beautiful girls approach to you and say that they can bring you to some places for a drink or singing Karaok. Or a man approach to you and say that he can introduces beautiful girls to you as your companion. You better watch out! This certainly is a trap! Don’t be mislead by their beauty!

First, they know that you are a traveler from other countries by the way you dress. Second, they will judge you by what you are wearing and know that whether you have money or not. Third, they will make sure you don’t have local people accompanying you. Therefore they can approach to you and testing you whether you are greedy or not by their offerings such as best buy products or you want a female friend or not.

What if you like adventure trip and follow the unknown person?

The results are:

1.        You will still pay a much higher prices for the fake antiques.

2.        You will get fake money when you exchange your currency with them.

3.        You will have to pay for RMB3,000 a cup of coke per person in the place that pretty girls bring you to their suggested singing place.

4.        If you follow the pretty girls to their place. You might end up have to pay for a large sum of money before you can leave. Because you can hardly explain to the Chinese Policeman that what is the reason that you are with the girl and at her place.

5.        Also there might be some men are waiting for you when you enter the girl’s apartment. They will tie you up and take all your money and belongings.

6.        Sometime the girl will give you a cup of water or some soft drinks. After you drink the water or soft drinks you will find dizzy and fainted. And you will regret a lots when you wake up! You will loose all your money and passport or important belongings. Then one day,

you might see yourself naked in youtube!

 If the above mentioned happen and you don’t speak Mandarin, you better ask the Police Officer (Gong An) to call back to your staying Hotel and ask for the translator to do the explanation for you.Please always remember – “Don’t go out without your staying Hotel’s telephone numbers”!!!

In view of this, the police (Gong An) has arrange the men or women police driving the energy saving golf cars up and down the pedestrian district. Objective is to prevent any crime arise and help people easily even if you are asking location direction. However, there is no “English” that indicated that this is a mini Police car.


Dalian Female Police

August 27, 2007


For the time being, only city Dalian of Northern part of China has Female Police riding on horses.

Police Car (Gong An)

August 27, 2007


China Police – Gong An

August 26, 2007

police-meaning.jpgOriginally there is only one common name for the China Police – “Gong An” ( the meaning is public for Gong and safety is for An).

These few years the “Gong An” is translated into English as “Police”. Even in Hong Kong we called the Immigrant Officer, in China it is also called “Gong An”.

However, in some of the cities, they still use the Chinese pin yin “Jing Cha” (the Chinese name for police) that you can see printed at the back of the “Gong Au” jacket. Therefore when you see the “Jing Cha”, it is the same as “Police”.

Also when you see the car plate with “GA” in front of the plate numbers, that means it is the “Police” car.

 For the China emergency telephone numbers for the Police Department is “110” In 2006 year end, people can report the traffic accidents and fire cases with the same telephone number “110”  

(The Fire Department telephone number is “119”. The Traffic Department telephone number is “122”. For the Ambulance help is “120”)

 For the Public telephone enquiry is “114” (Shops/Restaurants/Hotels etc.). 

Though most of the China area is covered with telephone communication networks but there are still some rural places without network. Somehow the telephone still can use the emergency “GPS” telephone number “112”

 All the above mentioned telephone numbers are applied to all the cities within China.