I have no idea why we’re stopping. The traffic hasn’t had us stopped for more than three seconds before the driver backs up and drive around through whatever gap he can find, including sidewalks and alleyways. Stoplights are in the same category as bicycles, pedestrians, and other vehicles when you’re in Bejing. If you’re in the wrong lane, it doesn’t count as illegal apparently.
There are plenty of article ideas here. Five easy ways to get murdered in China. Number one, take a taxi. Probably the terrorist group I came here to interview should be on there too. I’ve queued up a full series of articles at this point, and I’ve only been here for like an hour.
Now that I look around, all the cars are stopped too. That’s not exactly odd in New York or LA, but here there’s someone honking constantly while everyone tries to get ahead by any means necessary. That does seem more like it would be the attitude of every person in the United States than those living in a communist regime, but whatever.
That would explain it, the driver ran off while I was drafting those articles. All the other drivers too. What the hell?