Driving in China 101: The left turn

Travel | by Aimee Groom
Posted: November 2nd, 2010 | Updated: November 2nd, 2010 | Comments

Laowai telegraph driving

The experience of driving (or for many, being driven) in China is one that evokes an incredibly wide range of emotions, from shock, fear and panic to downright incredulity.

We see all sorts on the highways and byways of China—a taxi stuck in cement after attempting to cut through the traffic for example, or the unbelievable escape of this rather acrobatic motorcyclist that has been doing the rounds recently.

Admittedly, as a road warrior of the two wheeled variety, I rarely pay too much attention to the the rules myself. Still, just crossing the street still manages to astound, which is why I want to thank Caroline Berg for posting this great little sketch by Robert Strawbridge on her blog Laowai Telegraph.

It's part of a post that looks more broadly at the notion of life in China and opens with:

"I would say the perfect microcosm to depict life in China is in crossing an intersection," my friend David said recently at a Korean barbeque restaurant (where making a simple dinner order proved to be a gratuitously complicated task).  "There are no rules. It’s every man for himself."

Touché David.

Read on at Laowai Telegraph to see how this particular left turn pans out...

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