Category Archives: China, My Country

Hard to Breath Sometimes

Like Beijing, people in Xi’an suffered from the poor air condition every winter. For the geography reason, it’s hard to snow or rain in Xi’an in winter, take this year for example, it was snowed once or twice. These snow turned into water as soon as it hit the ground.

Thus, air condition is really hard to change if there is no wind coming.

In there weather forecast of Xi’an, you can see a haze icon. When people breath, it can be felt that something is in the air. Inside the room is no better, unless you have a functional air filter.

Air Condition in Xi'an

The picture is the view out of my office. It seems much better than the morning. The entiry city just like “Slient Hill”.  In these days, blue sky is something only can be seen in TV.

Slow as Horse

In my native language, there is an interesting phrase, which is “… as horse”(…成马咧), to describe a very strong emotion.

Usually, it can be used as SLOW AS HORSE when driving speed is not satisfied, or the speed of downloading is horrible, even sometimes horse can run really fast. More often people used this before they take a nap, SLEEPY AS HORSE can certainly describe you feeling.

As a matter of fact, this phrase seemed nothing to do with any horse in the world, simply a easy word to say. Anyway, good luck with HORSE.

Driving License in China

Road in China have been occupied by all sort of cars. It just happened happened since the new century, as China joined the WTO and the import duty was hugely cut off. Since then,  increasingly citizen are able to afford a car.

I have a driving license, barely used however. Maybe I don’t have to much qualification to comment this, but it’s not true. Many friends gave me a ride, certainly I can share some experience.

When someone drive for you, you cannot simply trust his/her skill by glancing driving licence. He/She who owns a drive licence does not mean one could drive on the road at all.

In China, Driving exam have three parts: first part is based on computer, people need to answer questions about driving and law. In Peter Hessler’book, Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, collected some ridiculous questions from the exam.

Second part is really difficult, it include backing a car, parking a car, slope starting, 100 meter shift up and shift down, etc. It’s easy to fail. When I do the exam, the third part is extremely easy. Legally, prat three need driving in actual road. But I drove only thirty meters, then the examiner told me it’s ok.

Usually when someone really intend to drive, they will call a coach previously. After days of training, it could brought some confidant to drivers.

As you can see, driving exam is not that reliable as it supposed to be. So, be careful on the road.