Another day in the life of the Chinese in Tianjin
This blog is not about today in particular but it was very noticeable for me today. Steve and I walked to McDonald's for dinner and almost got hit by bikers, moped-ers, and cars. When walking, you need to pay more attention than anyone else on the road. Drivers could care less about walkers since they are in cars and are bigger. I really never feel safe when on the sidewalk since I guess you can drive and park on the sidewalks. Also, when we were eating, we sat by the window and watched the intersection near McDonald's. The arrows directing traffic really don't mean anything. The color of the arrows also don't mean anything. Cars and buses won't even stop when their arrow is red when they are taking a turn. I am amazed that we haven't seen anyone injured since we have been here by a car, bus, or even moped. It just seems that the drivers are way more attentive than drivers in the US. If we were to go through a red light, we would for sure get pulled over and get a ticket.
During class this morning, Dahui showed us a picture of a line and then a picture of people cluttered around an entrance. This is the same with drivers, when turning there could be five cars cluttered up wanting to turn when there should only be one car turning at a time. I can't believe that they are not accidents every five seconds in China. Chinese drivers must just be better than we are.