China On The Brink - transportation en Safety Is as Safety Does <p> “You don’t need that,” Xian taxi driver Chang Xumin remarked sharply, as I reached for my passenger seatbelt. “It’s very safe, really.” He apparently took offense at the thought that I might need a seatbelt in his cab, but the prospect of riding beltless in Chinese traffic persuaded me to buckle up anyway. Chang clucked a few times and sped off, narrowly missing an old woman who was slowly crossing the street.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing economy Growing Pains safety Shanghai taxis The New Citizen transportation Xian Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:01:36 -0600 Katherine Fan 294 at