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Too many Chinese


Yes, there are too many Chinese sometimes. In the subway, on the streets, in the country. I just read a study by IBM about commuting (corporate studies? no, never a hidden agenda) – but apparently Beijings traffic ranks worst next to Mexico City. Just today, after having the stupid idea I could take a cab to the CBD (which involves using the ring roads at rushhour with too many other chinese) I jumped out at the next subway station, only to end up in a cramped subway – with again too many Chinese. An abstract from the study (regardless of the hidden agenda I think its true)

95 percent Beijing residents say “that roadway traffic has negatively affected their health and 84 percent blame the congestion, incessant honking and nerve-shredding daily automotive gauntlet for adverse work performance. As in many emerging markets, the transit infrastructure in China has not kept pace with rapid growth, and traffic jams of the type for which Beijing is now infamous are an unavoidable aspect of modern professional life. […] daily commutes of over an hour each way are commonplace. “It’s very, very bad,” says Joan Wang. “There’s no such thing as peak hour any more. From 8 in the morning to 9 at night, it’s peak hour every hour.”

So yeah. I could start developing the topic now into the many challenges this country faces which have to do with their massive population. But I wont. Just have a look at the pictures again. Its just too many Chinese people with the same need ending up in the only place which promises relief. Thats how Beijing works in a lot of ways, too.


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