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Here is another shot of the same Shanghai crosswalk guard from the tip above... In this scene, the guard is having some trouble with a young wayward couple that refuses to abide the rules... The cute girl has rushed ahead with her boyfriend in tow, and now the crosswalk guard is interceding, blowing his loud whistle... Finally, the couple stops, obeying his authority... Maybe they were protected from harm, maybe it was just an unthinking imposition of rules, maybe some combination of the two... Out of all countries I have visited, China is the most over-policed, yet at the same time, one of the safest... Security has become a way of life, at the same time, creating an illusion of safety in a groundless and mercurial universe...
Pictured here is a typical street crosswalk in Shanghai, on Xizang Lu... Notice the man at the center: his whole job is to tell people when it's alright to cross the street... In most countries of the world, such a function would be completely unneccessary, but Chinese traffic, with its chaotic combination of buses, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, makes his role essential...
Pictured here, the main train station in Shanghai... As you see, people are seated in the waiting hall... They are not allowed to go to the platform until security personnel let them, just prior to the departure of the train... Also notice the electronic sign display is in Chinese, and there is no English translation... Thus, you will need to know the Chinese characters for the city you are going to in order to be sure you're in the right waiting room...
The Shanghai Metro System is quite modern and user friendly with English and Chinese signage except in the ticket area... For some reason, the ticket area subway maps and instructions are only in Chinese... Probably, they intend to upgrade those soon as both the Beijing and Guangzhou metro systems have... In this photo, Emily (VT member simcard) poses alongside one of the trains at People's Square metro station...
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