And if you stray from the Path, you get to listen to Eagles soundtracks for your entire stay at the Hotel California. A fate worse than …… well, I’m not coming up with anything off hand. Fortunately for them, these monks have nothing to worry about.
The four red characters in the yellow sign at the upper right mean, roughly, “reasonably prosperous life” or perhaps “moderately prosperous life”. Guaranteeing all Chinese a reasonably prosperous life is one of the Communist Party’s stated goals and the expression “小康生活” (xiaokang shenghuo) appears regularly in the Chinese media and Party publications. In any case, I think the expression nicely frames the Beijing street scene going on below the sign.