Saturday, January 06, 2007

Traffic in China

Getting around has got to be one of the most exhilerating and exciting things to do in China. There isn't quite anything quite like it to make you feel alive - that is, of course, when you're actually going somewhere. Having travelled through east africa including Kampala (relatively tame) and Nairobi (relatively more exciting) I have often found it remarkable that there aren't a lot more traffic accidents let alone fatailities travelling in China.

Here's a picture of a roundabout in Xiamen from the UK's Daily Mail:

I've come to the view that Chinese people aren't naturally bad drivers per se, in fact, they may rank amongst the best in the world given their ability to adapt and not get into accidents, it's just that they don't really follow any rules to speak of.

1 comment:

ChinaLawBlog said...

I was once in TWO auto accidents in one day in two different Chinese cities: Yantai and Qingdao. In one day! Escaped completely unharmed from both of them, but I do think anyone who is scared to death of Chinese drivers is fully justified in their fears.