*** As my last post was pretty word heavy, I’ve elected to have a picture heavy follow up post****
There are many reasons why very few people can afford to own a car in China. First, nobody lives in a house; everyone lives in apartments. Without the land for houses, very few people have space to keep a car.
Second there isn’t much of a reason to own a car. One of the best things about living in China is the city planning. Within walking distance of my apartment, there are shops for pretty much anything I need. There is a grocery store, clothing shops, restaurants, bicycle shops, dentists, ophthalmologist, massage parlors, and a gym. Around my apartment in Utah, I have a car wash and a one Chinese restaurant. So, in China I don’t need a car to get around. Most Chinese only own bicycles or electric scooters.
(Or strange three wheeled cars)
Additionally, it is both frightening and expensive to drive in China. Indeed, it is almost impossible to describe what it is like to drive in china – total chaos by western standards. All the rules of the road are optional. It is not unusual to see vehicles driving the wrong way down the road.
To their credit, Chinese drivers have a very Zen attitude about this. Seeing someone park in the middle the street and stop traffic to pee on a nearby fence, would drive an American driver’s blood pressure off the chart. Surprisingly, I’ve never really seen Chinese road rage. Instead the Chinese solution is to just go around the guy and head over to wrong side of the divided road way. You would think that with all the traffic traveling so erratically there would be many accidents; however, aside from a man I saw killed in Tianjin. I have seen very few accidents in China.
However, if you can afford a car it is the ultimate Chinese status symbol and for those folks Shenzhen recently put on an auto show.
On to the show
In talking with the attendees, many of them did not come to see the cars; instead, they came to see the girls.
Every model was surrounded by a group of chinese men trying to get a good shot.
I came for the cars.
Below is a smattering of all the awesome vehicles I saw at the show.
There a two things you will not see in China – pickup trucks and American style semi trucks. Instead much of the country’s goods are transported in trucks like these.
The closest I ever hope to get to a Chinese police car.
One thing that suprized me were the number of Chinese branded cars. Their reliability is rather poor and they look like ugly copies of foreign brands, but they are cheaps. Here is a Hello Kitty version.
This ferrari takes the prize as the most beautiful car of the bunch.