Watch Out, Crossing Is Risky!

Written by Admin,   on Jan 18, 2018

And if you learn how to be patient with overpopulation and traffic during the rush hours in China, you’ll be closer to nirvana.

If you have just arrived in China, you might definitely have experience with the traffic of the big cities.

The crowd on the subway, the hundreds of scooters on the streets, the queues of cars during rush hours, even pedestrian crossings can be extremely busy!

If you come from a peaceful and orderly city on the North of Europe, the traffic of a city like Shanghai can be disconcerting at first approach.
Pay attention: very rarely drivers let pedestrians cross on the zebra. Westerners often get mad and may interpret this behavior as a lack of respect. For Chinese people this is not about respect: if they are not obliged to let a pedestrian pass, they will not.

A main feature of China is the presence of the electronic bikes. As silent and fast as ninjas, e-bikes are the mortal enemy for unwary pedestrians. Seriously, they can be really dangerous, especially in the evening and at night, when the drivers do not turn on the lights to keep energy in order to be able to travel longer.

Despite the chaos on the streets, Chinese people are very peaceful and tolerant. They don’t like driving fast. Always serene and seraphic, even when an accident occurs. They never slow down but they love honking all the time.

Living in China for a while can be such an enlightening experience. You don’t have to be afraid of their different habits and lifestyle. Chinese people are special also because despite the chaotic life in the city, they constantly maintain an enviable calm. They are deeply serene and very rarely get stressed.

The best way to understand the Chinese lifestyle and temper is to live with them. If you are young and curious and you like travelling, be an Au Pair: you will live with a Chinese family and get closer to their culture and mindset.

And if you learn how to be patient with overpopulation and traffic during the rush hours in China, you’ll be closer to nirvana.

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