- Posted November 12, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What’s your secret spot in Beijing?
Streets of China
I cannot conclude my story about China without talking about its streets.
Yes, the traffic is chaotic. People do not follow the traffic rules. At the intersections, it is all up to who “first grabs the chance to turn”. People park bicycles wherever space is available despite the “Do not park” signage.
However, many main streets were clean and green. This was the biggest surprise I had in China.
I lived in Japan. I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia but the roads in China are totally different to roads of these Asian countries.
The streets are wide and well arranged. In many areas, the roads are divided for vehicles, bicycles and people. Trees are planted (in some cities, even flowers were planted) on the sides and on the traffic islands of main roads. Nanjing is called "City of Green" and Guangzhou called "City of Flowers" .
Amazingly, if that is a highway, planting continues all the way along the road from the start to the end, just like the Great Wall(!), stretching some hundred kms.
Having looked at the beautiful streets and messy traffic, I became confused. In Japan, both are in order. In Vietname and Cambodia, both are in disorder. How could the Chinese have two conflicting things "order and disorder" at the same time?
[1. From Bell Tower, Xi'an 2., 3. Nanjing 4.,5.,6. Hangzhou 7. Guangzhou]