I didn’t know this when I jumped in to my Chinese made jalopy to head to the office in downtown Qingdao, but today is China’s official National ‘Car Free Day’.
It looks like no one else new, or didn’t care either!
The idea behind China’s annual ‘No Car Day’ is for everyone to leave their cars at home and use other ways to get to work. Public transport, buses, walking or even Beijing’s once favourite mode of transport the bicycle.
However this morning in Qingdao I saw very few people walking, exactly one bicycle, but hordes of cars with only one person inside clogging up the roads!
We suppose it’s difficult to take the cars from the roads of the fastest growing car nation on the planet, but a little public support would have been nice!
As for myself I’ll cycle home tonight.