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Published: October 24th 2010
It's interesting how much China's roads and cars can look like what I'm used to, and yet so little exists of traffic laws, noise conservation, and road rage!
I walk down the street I live on and am instantly surrounded by bikes, pedestrians, and occasionally a taxi all trying to make their way down a road that in the US would be reserved for one way motorists only. Cars with bells, motorcycles with loud drivers (and usually passengers), taxis using copious amounts of warning honks.
People walk in the streets. Sometimes you'll catch a pedestrian on a sidewalk, sometimes you'll catch a car driving on one. Cars frequently drive in the bike lane, going the wrong direction, until they catch a break in traffic to make it to the other side.
Yet with all this, what you can I would call inconsideration, there are surprisingly few incidents of road rage the way we see on freeways in California. People walking along the road are honked at by cars trying to pass; Cars going too slow in the left lane are passed via oncoming traffic; bikes and motorcycles cut corners, sidewalks, and drive whichever direction they are pointed.
Every day since I've been here I've heard fireworks... at very close range.
Across the street from the school there are hotels. Whenever someone gets married at one of these hotels, fireworks are lit without regard to the hour, the neighboring businesses, or anything else.
I started tuning it out until they started at 10pm one night. Damn it! I'm OLD! I want to be ASLEEP by ten!!! Madness...
The other thing I've noticed is that this city has some very interesting doors.
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