Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
36Trip End Nov 23, 2010
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We got on a tourist boat and saw the Giant Buddha by water. Then Feng Tao ordered us an amazing lunch which we devoured (except him - he is a very light eater). Barbara didn't want to walk around the site so she took an early bus home and the two guys and I made our way to the site. It was incredibly impressive.
Tuesday I am doing laundry and hanging out with Dora the Panda guide who may be the funniest, nicest girl in China. Wednesday I fly to Xian - I reserved a room for 2 nights - if Xian stink I am going to Shanghair then Beijing. I have a feeling I will like Xian though - it's 3000 years old, has an ancient wall, many sites, and the terracotta warriors. So we will see - I am keeping my options open - I do need a good number of days in Beijing to see everything though...
Random Thought: I think I have finally figured out the underpinning reasons for why chinese drivers suck: Everyone has the right of way and at the same time no one has the right of way. Essentailly, if driving, you move forward until you hear a beep/honk that tells you otherwise
Pedestrians take their lives into their own hands crossign the street because even though there maybe a walk signal, bikes, scooters and turning vehicles still go. You have to be aggressive because the traffic will never stop for you. At the same time, you have no right of way and must be very very careful.
So, I think that in general, Chinese drivers come to America and still have that mentality that they have the right of way unless you beep - and proceed to cut you off an then drive 20mph - they don;t understand there is a whole etiquette involved with american driving, especially in the Northeast at least.