Creating a new character – public transport

All the main city buses in Lijiang recently got a new makeover, which included the following Naxi and Chinese characters sprayed onto the fronts and backs of each bus:

The Chinese here is Lijiang Gongjiao 丽江公交;  simply Lijiang (丽江) public transport (gongjiao 公交 – short for gonggong jiaotong 公共交通).  The Naxi Dongba script utilised here however is particularly interesting as it involves the coining of a new pictographic character for the word ‘public transportation’.


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