Sunday, September 4, 2016

我的北大游泳證-My Peking University Swimming Pool Pass

Once upon a time, you needed a “certificate”, or a permit, or a “special ticket” to buy virally everything in China, such as meat, sugar, flour, rice, cooking oil, cloth fabric, etc. Today I saw this “ticket” for the swimming pool in Peking University. As it is so old, I guess we can treat it as a historical relic now. That’s why I posted it here. The hand written number “36/417” on the card could have been a secret in my university days; but it wouldn’t matter now, so I could “generously” reveal it today: It means that I lived at Room 417, No. 36 Student Dormitory Building. In those days you couldn’t tell just anybody where you lived; otherwise you could bring troubles to yourself. 
曾幾何時,中國是個什麼都要票、都要證的年代。北大游泳池的游泳票,您見過嗎?哈哈,長這樣哈。我幾乎把它忘了,今天看到,也覺得挺好玩的,曬出來給大夥瞧瞧哈。
游泳票上寫著的「36/417」是什麼意思?在學生年代,這就是密祕,不能說的。現在說說就無妨了,是我的宿舍號,我當時住北大36樓417房間。當時我們門口有副對聯,橫批是「芳草萋萋」,其他的忘了。

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