So, I moved from Ottawa, Canada to Beijing, China in May for work. I haven’t been here long, but I’ve had some “what the fuck” moments that I think you might find amusing.
Traffic signs and separate driving lanes are merely a suggestion in Beijing. Bikes, pedestrians, cars, buses and mopeds drive when and where they please. Horns are constant, but not in the North American “fuck you, buddy” way, but in the Chinese “you should move, i’m not slowing down” sort of way. Crossing the street is the most stressful part of our day.
These mopeds are incredibly popular. Usually, there are two or three people on them with an infant sitting on the driver’s lap.
This isn’t as impressive as some of the bike loads i’ve seen, but i managed to snap a picture of this one.
People come up to us in the street and ask to take photos with us. As someone who is 5’1 and dark haired, I didn’t think I looked too different from the female population in Asia.
Eggs are unrefrigerated and unpackaged. There were regular white and brown eggs, then REALLY brown eggs, blue eggs and tiny gown and white speckled eggs. Meat is also unfrozen and unpackaged. You pick your meat like you would pick apples.
fish are also raw and unpackaged. Bottom left are soft shell turtles… for eating! and on the right are squid.
This is a vending machine library. I don’t know what other cities have this but I thought this was super cool.