Crosswalk, Wudaokou

I’d been tracking the old man on his san lun che with my camera when he very slowly rode against the lights and through the crosswalk.

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  1. On The Universality Of Studied Detachment:
    Pulling away after picking up my wife from her job on the UC Berkeley Campus we approached the nearby intersection — not unlike many Beijing traffic photos you capture and share. All we who gathered on that softly sunlit late afternoon were paused into (mostly) silent & dismayed wonder as a Scanda-buff, early-twenty-something male with spikey-short hair and mirrored shades, well-worn stylish jeans, and a tight white T ohhh-so-slowly one-footed his skateboard against the light bringing 2 busses, a tow truck, all the surrounding cars, bicycles and pedestrians to an abrupt, abashed halt. Only lacking was a searing theatrical spotlight to ever more brighten his entrance upon and casual exit from that gritty asphalt stage.

  2. Agreed. A lot of emphasis has been placed how unruly the cars and trucks might be, but little attention (outside of China) has been placed on the problems caused by pedestrians and san lun ches. There is a huge effort underway to install pedestrian barricades to stop jaywalking and such.

    Also, police are slowly but surely starting to give-out citations for parking and driving violations.

  3. I saw this frequently in several cities in China. The traffic in China is bizarre and scary and it frequently seems that traffic lights and signs are mere suggestions.

    1. After six+ years here, I’ve gotten used to it. There is a certain flow to most of it. Also, a saving grace is that most traffic I’ve seen here travels at a low speed… even with wide-open roads.

      India is a different story.

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