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Why travelling 20km often takes an hour (or more)

By on Aug 16, 2014 in Travel in China | 4 comments

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We often wonder at the variety of ways in which our journeys to the local crags go from a straight forward drive to a bit of a mission. I guess if you factor all of the variables into the equation it is not at all surprising that the 15 – 20km journeys often takes about an hour (or sometimes more).

Variable one:

Development is much more important than free flowing traffic. Therefore the road going through the village is not really a road it is a public space to be used for construction work…

Travelling 20km

Variable two:

Saving money on construction costs is very important. So, in order to save money the nails securing the solar panelled lamp posts into the ground is only 15cm long…

Travelling 20km

Travelling 20km

Variable three:

It is very important to stay entertained whilst driving. So to make sure that people don’t get bored of the tedious task of driving with a car full of passengers, the rear view mirrors are fitted with DVD screens so that the driver can watch movies while he drives.

village road escitements 4

Variable four:

Livestock always has the right of way…

village road


  1. Seana Turner

    August 17, 2014

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    That is so funny about the DVD player in the rearview mirror. I keep waiting for the day when a US car manufacturers offers dashboard movie viewing as a standard option. A bit scary if you ask me. At least we don’t (regularly) have the livestock.. ducks, deer and the dog or two, but not a herd. Gotta count your blessings I guess!
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  2. Elba Valverde

    August 19, 2014

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    Some places around Mexico look exactly like that, and I have to say, it make the traveling much more entertained. But we don’t have DVD screens on the rear view mirrors, that part is really funny.

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