I snapped this next to our hotel because I wanted an example of the bi-lingual script you see everywhere. (I added the English translation in the photo.) There were times when the locals could not speak to us in Mandarin (Chinese), but we have the same trouble in Hong Kong too! The barbed wire and other security measures were also everywhere. We even had to pass through a metal detector to enter the Bazaar, a mall, and our hotel lobby.