An American in Chengdu

Catching a cab | October 28, 2009

Apologies to those who already saw my Facebook post on the subject, but I really like this translated article about a guy who makes money chasing down taxis for other people. It can be really hard to get a taxi here, even though there are a lot of them, because demand often far outstrips supply. Buses, in contrast, are cheap and ubiquitous but crowded, and can be hard to figure out if you’re going someplace you haven’t taken a bus to before. Then there are the motorized rickshaws, or “electric tricycles,” as this article translates it, but I think those  only work well for parties of 1-2 people who aren’t going very far and have better bargaining skills than I (they’re not metered). All good reasons to ride a bike. It will be interesting to see how the opening of the subway system next year (knock on wood) changes the transportation game.

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    I've come to Sichuan in search of adventure, fluency in Chinese, and awesome vegetarian food. I have to concede that the baby pandas are very cute.
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