Shanghai traffic

SFGate China traffic jam blogIt was a classic China traffic jam.

Nobody, but nobody, moved.

Nobody gave another eye contact.

I’ve never seen anyone in China back out of a congested situation. And they didn’t: this culture doesn’t back down. And then the van, going in the other direction from the garbage truck, simply inched forward. Space compressed; it always does here.

“Don’t look at anybody,
don’t recognize anything,
but shimmy your way around,
over and through.”

Olivia Wu, a staff writer for The Chronicle