A Naxi woman uses hand gestures at a market in Lijiang, Yunnan province, China. Picture: Alamy
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

The disappearing language of Chinese hand signals, once shorthand for Buddhist monks and discreet dealings

Invented to expedite communication for travelling Buddhist monks, hand gestures eventually evolved into a less honourable means of communication and today are largely the preserve of mobsters

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A Naxi woman uses hand gestures at a market in Lijiang, Yunnan province, China. Picture: Alamy
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