Beijing - Day 3 (5/21/09)
Today was quite an interesting day, I especially enjoyed the Kungfu show. There are a couple of aspects of the Chinese culture that can be relatively annoying if you are not used to them. The first is how lines do not seem to mean anything to any of the people in China (at least in Beijing). Today at the KFC restaurant I was waiting in line to order my food, and had just gotten up to the cashier, when a man who was next to me (not even in the line I was in) started to order from the cashier in front of me (and of course his order was huge). This took about 10 minutes out of my time while I had to wait for him to get his order and finally order myself. You can also see this aspect when you see the traffic on the street. People will switch lanes right in front of you and honk their horn if you don't back off. The second aspect is how people will walk right in front of you when you are trying to take a picture. In the United States most people will back off and go around or wait for you to finish with your photograph, in China some of the people will do this, but a lot of them will walk right out in front of you as you are trying to take your picture.