Crazy Traffic in Xi’an, China

China is a really interesting country. For me, a westerner from Canada, there are a lot of things that I observed over there that were completely different from what I am used here, in North America. And that includes traffic.

Traffic Xi'an China

See the street cleaner?

 

You see, here in North America, our roads and traffic are generally well-organized. We have stop signs. We have traffic lights. We have signals for pedestrians. We have all sorts of signs that guides us through which actions we should take on the road.

And we respect them! (Well, a majority of us respects them!)

But in China, even though there are some signs, indications and traffic lights, it just looked like no one gave a s**t about them.

And I think I really got a deeper look into that chaos while I was in Xi’an. After being almost killed to get there (we had to cross a 4 lane road one lane at a time – and at one point we had a bus behind us and a bus right in front of our nose – scary thing), we got up on the Bell Tower, in the middle of the city, and started some people watching.

Travelling is not always about  running around visiting tourist attractions. Sometimes, I like to sit somewhere and watch what’s happening around me.

So I set up my camera and started shooting.

First, you have some general traffic.

Traffic Xi'an China

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And people on wheels trying to cross the street.

Traffic Xi'an China

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And people on foot trying to cross the street.

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And… People sweeping the road. Because… Well you gotta keep the roads clean!

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And then you have those two:

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And those two:

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And finally, those. You do remember that I am not really comfortable on a scooter, right?

Is that how you sit on a scooter?

Is that how you sit on a scooter?

 

Traffic Xi'an China

 

And because pictures don’t do 100 % justice to the traffic around that roundabout, here is a video that I shot from the same place:

 

What do you think about traffic in China? Let me know your experiences in the comments below!

 

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