Countdown on the traffic lights

Countdown on the traffic lights, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

One of the most interesting things I found during my time in Shenzhen was the concept of time and traffic congestion. Waiting at a traffic lights is a time for catching up on reading, making phone calls, sending text messages or returning emails. Hands-free kits are the exception rather than the norm and dead time is wasted time on the road so the traffic lights have a countdown timer letting you know how much time you have to wait; and once the lights are green how much time you have to get across the junction.