The Door Door

Well, this one’s a little on the nose:

"Men" (Door)
Photo taken in Shanghai by John Pasden

The character there is 門 (mén), a traditional character. It is written 门 in simplified Chinese. It means “door” or “gate.”

I’m curious what the story is behind this door. And why no 窗 (chuāng) windows??


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. One day the door will open. Hard to see in the photo, but is the name of the place – 讲究 – translated as Mr. Sharp – good one.

  2. Tom Wills Says: April 14, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Also why is there a giant QR code next to it?

  3. Marilynn Pasden Says: April 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    So did you find out? Don’t keep us in suspense!

  4. It should be easy to scan the QR code from the picture — I tried two different apps on my Mac and got nothing meaningful — I got “”, but it goes just to wechat.

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