Driving in China is a bit insane. According to Beijing municipal statistics bureau data there are 5.2 million cars in Beijing and I'm here to say that are not enough roads!! Traffic is a constant nightmare in the city.
To be able to drive though even if you have the license and car there are quite a few obstacles you have to overcome to drive in Beijing.
Gone are the days where if you own a car you can get a license plate. Here in Beijing, one in seventy-seven people are able to get a license plate, which is done through a lottery. Just because you own a car, or want to buy a car doesn't mean you will be lucky enough to score a plate. In January, 1.4 million people competed for 18,653 plates, according to the municipal transport commission provided by China Daily.
Drivers in Beijing aren't the most cautious drivers to put it mildly. They drive between the lines, too fast, too slow, in the emergency lane, they cut you off, and they run red lights just to name a few. Reading the driver's test questions makes me laugh because I'm pretty sure China drivers don't obey even 15% of the rules on the test. Imagine 6 lanes of cars in 3 traffic lanes, and that is Beijing.
China Test, English Translations
I'm not sure who in China actually translates the Chinese questions into English but let's just say a few leave a lot of be desired. Right now I'm studying with an app. Here are a couple questions and a few screen shots of questions, comment below with your guesses on the answers and I'll post the answers later!
1. When driving, a driver may spit to the road or street out of the window? Right or Wrong
2. Driving and smoking has no harm on safe driving? Right or Wrong
3. It is not safe or a woman driver to wear high heels to drive a vehicle? Right or Wrong (men may have a different answer!)
4. An article that cannot be used to stop bleeding by dressing is ______.
c. Cushioned limb folding
d. Pressure bondage
Can't wait to see everyone's answers, I promise to post the answers once people have commented. Make sure not to think too hard about them!