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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Car Traffic in China

Our recent trip to China was my third trip there so I wasn't as shocked by the car traffic though I still didn't like it. For those of you who have been to China, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. The picture to the right is very representative of what we saw in Guangzhou. What I'm about to write may shock some of you or you may even think I'm making this up. I just want to say, IT'S ALL TRUE.

Here are my observations:
  • Seat belts? What seat belts? I was mocked when I tried to put one on. I had to explain that seat belts are mandatory in the States and the kind of comment I received was; we're all wimps in the States for wearing seat belts.
  • If you're crossing a street and you see a car coming your way, you had better run for your life and get out of that car's way. Don't even begin to think that pedestrians have the right of way.
  • The bigger the vehicle you have, the better it is for gaining right of way. If you have a small vehicle, you must yield to bigger vehicles if you want to live.
  • Traffic lanes on the roads are merely suggestions. If there are 4 lanes and you can squeeze in 6 cars, then by all means. Cars tend to weave in and out of lanes and some even drive in the middle of the lane.
  • If at any point you want to make an U-turn, then go right ahead. Our bus did exactly that in the middle of an small uncontrolled intersection. Imagine our shock when it did that!
  • If you're hurt and you need an ambulance to take you to the hospital, don't count on it. I personally witnessed an ambulance not being able to move at all because cars were not yielding despite its screeching siren. An ambulance is just like any other car. It's "survival of the fittest," and there's no such thing as yielding to emergency response vehicles.
  • If you're a foreigner and must take some kind of transportation while in China, I suggest that you just close your eyes lest you have a heart attack.
  • While in the middle of the road and you feel like taking a break, go ahead and stop your car right there. Just make sure you put your emergency blinkers on. Don't worry, other cars will just move around you. Think I'm joking? We were unfortunate enough to get stuck behind a bus that was stopped for a time at a red light with its hazard lights on. At first we thought it had broken down, but soon thereafter we saw the driver casually appear in the bus and driving it onwards at the next green light.
  • You don't know the meaning of tailgating until you go to China. All cars are within a foot of each other.
  • If traffic is congested, but the opposing traffic isn't, then go ahead and drive on the wrong side of the street.