I'll try to grab a picture that captures all of the elements of Zibo traffic -- the broad tree-lined avenues are lined with access roads which are used by cyclists and scooters, which are also flanked by pedestrian walkways which double as parking spaces. U-turns are permitted at intersections. Shoulder-checking before changing lanes is for wimps, as is stopping for pedestrians if you're turning right while they're in the crosswalk. Watching the traffic and the variety of vehicles on the road is endlessly entertaining but I don't know if I can give you the full picture with my little cell phone camera. In contrast, this peaceful shot shows bicycles lined up outside the New Mart store a few weeks ago when the cherry trees were in full blossom.
About the author:
I'm a writer and a teacher of English as a Second Language. Other passions and pursuits include choral singing, and following current events. "Laowai" means foreigner.
TINYFCC: This is not your father's Communist China
YDCTHTCAETTBELH: You don't come all the way to China and expect things to be exactly like home.
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