Visited the cities of Shanghai and Suzhou, Jiangsu, China recently. The first big impression, Traffic behaviour. I took some short videos at three intersections – at various time of day. One intersection had traffic lights, two did not.
The kindness of giving way, the kindness of patience, the kindness of tolerance. Or was it giving way because of the rules, accepting the thoughtless driving of others, exhaustion of dealing with confused traffic behaviour.
What can we learn if anything from the driving behaviour of the Chinese? Check out the video, not once, but view several times to appreciate the compexity of the traffic.
the video is available at http://youtu.be/2XRc8y-i-tE
Patience? Tolerance? or just common sense?
Here is an act of random kindness that was really appreciated
There is a bus driver (me) who has had a week of getting up at 4:30 in the chill winter mornings, driving people about their business in the impatient fast Auckland traffic. Patiently listening to grumbling passengers complaining about lateness, impatiently muttering under the breath at drivers cutting in on the bus. Feeling a growing sleep deficit dull reflexes as passengers yell “Driver you’ve missed my stop!” Feeling that they are all against you.
Then a tiny, ancient Chinese woman totters off the bus, slipping a chocolate toffee into my hand.
Xie xie Auntie (thank you lady)
Remains of the toffee Eclair