Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Walking On The Street Under The Great Wall

I can't emphasize strongly enough the mixing of buses, cars, motorbikes, and bicycles that comes into play when walking around many, if not most, places here in China. There just isn't that separation between pedestrians and operators of vehicles that we grow up with in the United States.

At first, this can be disconcerting. Getting the kids to constantly move out of the way. Amazed that you don't see people lying on the ground everywhere.

Then you begin to develop a sixth sense. Now it is Julie herding us to the side of the road. Or it is me looking back to see Z naturally, without consciously thinking of it, move to the side when a car is approaching from behind.

Yep, that is the Badaling section of the Great Wall, crowded even in the dead of winter...



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