These frustrating red ‘Mandarin Steps’ come to life in these buildings in Shanghai

What’s a building to do when it has run out of corridors, hot spots and windows? How about walking? In early April, parking structures in Shanghai’s Bund began to showered with letters that spell…

These frustrating red ‘Mandarin Steps’ come to life in these buildings in Shanghai

What’s a building to do when it has run out of corridors, hot spots and windows? How about walking?

In early April, parking structures in Shanghai’s Bund began to showered with letters that spell out the phrase “Mandarin Steps.” In a photo posted by Matthew Cherpak in April, the letters that read: “Beijing Steps.”

A map of the letters. (courtesy of Matthew Cherpak)

The caption reads: “A literal translation. But you know the Mandarin Steps…”

Chan Hao, a senior interior designer for Shanghai Dongmingsizhai, tells the Wall Street Journal that the graffiti messages were meant to make the buildings more physically accessible to the handicapped. “All of the people who have a serious handicap can still enjoy the Bund [complex],” he said.

Beijing Steps letters encased in silicone “Rain quenchable drinking water; sun rays abundant,” are real, according to its website. But their purpose was more for fun, says the Beijing Evening News.

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