It isn't easy getting around in another country. Not only are the signs are hard to read and unrecognizable but this place is huge! We have been walking everywhere but it isn't an effective way to see everything. I decided its time to take advantage of some better transportation. Buses and taxis are intimidating enough for me in the states but today I finally hailed a few myself. To start some friends and I took the #8 bus downtown to the train station at night for a little adventure. The bus stop wasn't much different except for the mass of people. The buses did have tvs and the windows opened which was cool. The driver was very aggressive in his driving and very jerky with the breaks. I didn't mind because the 20 minute ride only cost me 2 yuan. After our adventures we took a taxi back home where I learned if the taxi is free there will be a red light in the window and if it is full the light will be off. I am not sure what the light says or if they use that system in the us but it was very helpful and kept me from looking crazy buy flagging down any car looking like a cab. After all this we even got enough courage to ask for a ride in one of the motorcycle cabs. This was fun and video was taken. We had a few close calls and even a stall. In china it seems these types of vehicles don't have to follow the rules a normal car would need to. It rode in the bike lane and went through red lights. Maybe a little scary but an adventure at the least.
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