Metro is Much Better than Bus

Morning

This morning, I just want to try new way to commute to work.

Do you know what I did? I tried BUS!

I got onto bus 607 and transited to Bus Bridge-6 to where I work.

Then guess how much time it cost me to arrive?

1 hour and 40 minutes!

Then I know it is not a good idea to take long distance bus at rush hours and when it is raining.

Night

At night, I got wiser and chose to take Metro plush taxi

Guess how long it took?

1 hour in total.

Still not good enough but much better.

My Decision?

I will try to take metro tomorrow morning again, and see if it is feasible to use public transportation instead of driving. Driving is faster, but the faster our transportation vehicle is, the faster the pace of our lives are, and we feel the fewer time left, isn’t it?

Advertisement Card Distributors on Metro

The most annoying thing on Metro is those advertisement card distributors on the Metro. They just pass Metro cart one by one and throw those name card size advertisement card to the face of people, and passengers throw it to the floor. Thus makes the cart really dirty. See these two pictures I took today:

I called Metro police every time I see it but I know the police must have hard time to catch them, since it has been 2 years since this bang of people appeared on Metro and it seems more and more people are joining the team.

6 thoughts on “Metro is Much Better than Bus

  1. There is not such phenomena in Guangzhou Metro.It is very clean on the floor.

    I prefect metro to bus too,though the metro fee is usually 1-2 yuan dearer than bus.

  2. Hi,i am the Eric above.Since there many Eric,I change my name as “EricNo1″ from now on.

    I will continue to read your blog,which can gives me a lot of thought and can improve my english too.

  3. Jianshuo, when you see guys on the subway just throwing name cards at people who don’t want them, you should stop them and tell them that they’re making a mess and pick them up. Calling the police does nothing. Take matters into your own hands! Thats that I do, and it works, at least for a little while, as they’re typical scare when I yell at them and then they go back picking up cards off the floor. Trust me, you won’t get in trouble because they know what they are doing is wrong and so does everyone else sitting on the train. Try it! Help keep our subway clean, it is a public place and it deserves respect.

  4. I, too, have seen those young men (and women) distributing airline ticket discount cards on the metro, and other places. In 2003, I devised my own solution to the problem. Before I get to that point, let me first say this: Everyone deserves to have a meaningful and productive occupation, and everyone deserves respect as a person, whatever their station in life. Also, I would like to point out that the general public may be as much responsible for this unsightly problem, since it is often they who discard the materials on sidewalks and metro car floors, instead of using the wastebins provided. Now, let me describe my solution to this problem.

    This practice will stop altogether when those behind the distribution of the materials cease to derive economic benefit from its continuance. So, how can the general public cancel the economic benefit of the card distribution?

    It’s simple: make the cards useless. Everyone can help by taking as many cards as they are offered, and thereafter discarding them in the nearest wastebin. If no-one ever uses the cards for their intended purpose, the economic benefit of their distribution will be cancelled and the practice will stop.

    Since 2003, I have actually been COLLECTING these cards. I now have a collection of about 3000 different cards, as well as perhaps 50,000 “extras” which I trade with other collectors. By taking this initiative, I express my belief in three basic values:

    1. Everyone deserves respect, even those unfortunate folks who are so marginalized that they accept employment distributing the cards. When I see these people, I smile and ask them to give me as many cards as I can get from them…usually five or six copies of each different card. Now, I am actually HAPPY to see these people, and they are happy to see me, also.

    2. I care for my adopted home, Shanghai. By collecting these cards, I prevent at least a small number of them from ending up disfiguring the cityscape. Okay, sure…many folks still toss the cards (and other refuse) on the sidewalk. But it will never be said that I’m a litterbug.

    3. Turn something negative into something positive. I used to feel upset by all the cards littering the streets. I used to feel negatively toward those distributing the cards. However, instead of feeling negative about this, I simply chose to feel POSITIVE about it. Today, it no longer bothers me to see these people and the cards they are handing out. I feel happy, and I feel good about what I’m doing. I might even be setting an example for others to follow.

    It didn’t take long for my effort to have an effect. Today, I know of at least three other folks who do the same thing: Collecting the cards! There is a young fellow in Pudong who collects cards near the Oriental Pearl Tower. I regularly visit the area to collect cards from the sidewalk and shrubbery around the tower, and I sometimes see this young lad, doing the same thing. Whenever I go there, I bring a bundle of cards to trade with him. I will give him as many as 200 new cards, in exchange for whatever he’s collected that day. I’m sure his grandfather thinks I’m crazy, but he is always very excited to see me, and this pleases his grandfather, in spite of how wierd the exchange might seem to onlookers, including himself. There are two other men I know who collect cards in Puxi.

    Every National Day (October 1) since 2003, I have spent the day collecting cards from the pedestrian mall on Nanjing Road. In six hours on October 1, 2004, I collected more than 20,000 cards. When I tried the same thing in 2005, I only found about 200 cards, a DECREASE of 99 percent!!!

    Now, if everyone adopted my approach–a positive one–and simply took all the cards they were offered, the businesses behind this unpleasant practice would stop it altogether, since none of the cards would ever be used for their intended purpose, and they would just be wasting their money producing and distributing them. The day they stop doing it, my collection will become a museum piece, and a mere footnote to the modern development of Shanghai.

    Change your attitude from negative to positive. Show these poor folks some respect. Show some love for your city, your home. Join me today, and this problem can go away tomorrow!

    Oh, yes…if anyone else wants to begin their own collection, I have “starter kits” available…for FREE!

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