There is a taxi stand at every bus stop, and the bus service is inexpensive and much better than in my home town in Canada. With a bus pass, a bus ride costs the equivalent of 30 cents Canadian. The bus drivers, I've noticed, are the only people who seem distinctly unimpressed by the sight of a foreigner. I've discovered that the bus that runs along my street has a great route for getting downtown and to various interesting parts of the city. Easy-peasy.
This shot shows the three road boulevard structure I described in an earlier post -- the wide multi-lane road to the left, (mostly blocked from view by the bus stop shelter), and to the right, a single asphalt lane for bicycles and scooters, and beyond that, a brick lane for parking and pedestrians, all separated by plenty of trees and other greenery. I will try to get more pictures of the amazing variety of scooters, electric bikes, carts, three-wheeled cars and so forth. This picture is deceptively calm but it was actually taken during morning rush hour.
I'd love to serve up National Geographic-style pictures of wizened Chinese farmers selling produce from their carts on this blog, but until I can say, "Can I take your picture and post it on the internet?" in passable Mandarin, I won't have many close-ups of people to share.
After the open market area, the other pedestrians and I continue to dodge scooters, bikes and cars while walking past a rather lavish-looking primary school. Some of the children walk to school with their grandmothers, other kids arrive in Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benz, others on the back of bicycles and electric scooters. Friendly guards greet the children as they arrive and happy music is played over loudspeakers. Then more scooter and bike-dodging and I'm at the bus stop. You don't want to be day-dreaming or wearing headphones or texting while crossing the street around here.
I don't take a city bus to get to work. The institute lays on a bus for the teachers. I get on at the last stop before the drive to the campus, which takes about 15 minutes. The bus swings through the campus gates and the guards snap smartly to attention and salute the teachers as we arrive for the day.