Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A tactical error

Running a little late for the party tonight, I decided to take a taxi down to Nanluoguxiang.

It would have been - marginally - quicker to walk, and certainly a lot less frustrating.

When we finally got to the traffic lights at the bottom of Jiugulou Dajie, I timed them to try to establish why it had taken us over 10 minutes to cover less than half a mile, when the traffic wasn't even very heavy. The lights were on a cycle where they stayed green for only 15 or 20 seconds, and then went back to red for a minute and a half. Really. What the f*** is the rationale for that? Moreover, they were superbly out of sync with the next set of lights, a mere 100 yards down the road at the head of Dianmenwai Dajie. Hardly any traffic. But hardly any traffic movement either. Only in China can they accomplish things like this!

It was a great party, by the way. Thanks, Debs.

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