Hit the pedestrian!

Trip Start Jun 17, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Hit the pedestrian?
Yes, it seems to be the favorite game of the average Chinese vehicle-driver. Crossing a street in China is a challenge in itself, especially if there is a zebra crossing with traffic light.
Well, we're used to having right of the way if the light is green. No such thing in China. In the Netherlands hitting a pedestrian is the worst thing you can do, even if the pedestrian was wrong and you were right. Here it seems to be the other way around. Crossing a street by foot seems to be the largest insult possible to a Chinese driver. Even if the pedestrian's light is green and the light for the rest of the traffic is red, the pedestrian's life is not safe. Cars keep on driving, annoyed by anyone crossing the street and literally pushing people off the street. If they stop they seem to prefer to block the zebra crossing completely.

Now, apart from my attempts to get cars to stop for me when I'm crossing a street, there are more things to mention on my stay in Xi'an. First of all, I met Otto again. After we said goodbye Otto went to Tibet for some tough hiking. His two-month holiday ended with a conference in.. Xi'an! We had not planned to meet there, but things simply fell into place. Otto invited me to stay at the conference hotel, so I did, and I enjoyed the luxuries of a soft bed and a comfortable bathroom with bath! Wow, that was good. We exchanged the war stories on our travels, had a good laugh and a beer, and before we realized it was time to say goodbye again.

Not before we went to see the terracotta warriors though. They were excavated only 30 years ago, but created 2000 years ago. Every figure differs in facial features and expressions. Here's the pic:


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