People Started to Wait at Red Lights

Taken at Guangyuan Road, and Gongcheng Road

Taken at Guangyuan Road, and Gongcheng Road, at 8:50 AM, rush hours

Look at this photo. That is a normal day in rush hours in the morning. People started to wait for the looong red lights to cross the pedestrian. That was something very new to me. That continued to build my confidence to this city, and this country. As time went by, people will start to learn how to live in a city better, and will form some rules that everyone started to obey.

P.S. If you want to claim that this is another Shanghai Expo PR, please read this entry, especially my reply in the comment section. If you don’t want to take the time to read, let me give you a tip of the direction I am going to send you: “Read the Blind man and the elephant story, again, before claiming that even the blindest man can see people cross the road at red lights, at any time, in this city”.

P.S. 2: This is another photo of people lining up at Metro Line #7 at Zhaojiabang Road.

6 thoughts on “People Started to Wait at Red Lights

  1. TW

    Wow! I can’t believe what I see in the pictures. Waiting for green light to cross the street and lining up for subway as seen in the pictures are rare scenes. But it certainly would make Shanghai a more livable city if everyone can be orderly like this. Yesterday I went to a Costco store, and guess what I saw? I saw two women cutting two different lines, and both were Chinese from Mainland China (I could tell from their accent; one was Shanghaiese). Some people were staring at them, but they didn’t give it a damn. Shame on them!

  2. Christian

    Since coming to Shanghai end of last year, I have started _not_ to wait anymore at red lights ;-). I have to admit that I still have to get used to the fact that I cannot cross the road safely when the light is green. So I’d rather have cars wait when the light is red, than people.

  3. Anna

    I have seen more people line up like that for the subway too but the moment the train arrives there are always people that immediately crowd to the middle and make getting out impossible still.

    The other day it was a little boy who did this. I told him, you can’t stand here. He looked at me as if I was crazy but did move to the side.

  4. Soon

    It is definitely a good change for Shanghai. Shanghai should show cause the model citizenry to the other cities and be one ‘cultured’ city. I guess when people standard of living has got better, they behave better. If you go to western countries and visit they slum and ghettos, people behave badly too or worse than you will ever find in the grubbist corner of Shanghai.

    Well done Shanghai.

  5. marietti

    well i do not agree,when peoples standard of living gets better does not mean that their behaviour does also. rich people in shanghai,rich people in amsterdam do not behave better.they are the ones who are rude to guards,policemen,shopkeepers and other people.The less fortunate behave better and make place for others,not the rich,they only think about themselves and there is no room for others.See how they drive or let themselves be driven in their big cars on the shanghai roads and how they park.

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