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In Furongyuan (that's in the south east, where the Tang Dynasty Park is located as well), pedestrian zebra crossing are painted (since July) with Qinling opera masks Guangzhong shadow puppets.

2 zebra crossings were "enhanced" so far that way and 7 more will follow as said by an official.

The makers believe that it is an innovative way of introducing chinese culture while the practical sense of this measure is disputed by residents and not always meet their acceptance. We have asked a couple of residents about their opinion:

Mr. Li Wu who lives in the Furongyuan area said: "Traffic signs and markings such as zebra crossings should not be the target of decorations of any kind! They have an important and vital role for the safety of the traffic in the city. What comes next? Advertising on STOP signs?"

Positively surprised was Mrs. Zhang: "It looks pretty and it is a beautiful idea!"

Mr Wang Ru: "It is not recognizable as a zebra crossing anymore. It looks more like some kind of art street painting. But that doesn't matter since noone cares about traffic signs including zebra crossings anyways!"

Mr. Zhu: "Opera masks on the street? And people will step on it a millionfold. I don't think that this is a good measure to promote our culture."

Mrs. Hua Lu: "It might distress pedestrians and make them less careful of the traffic!".

Mr. Zhang: "It is nice. I think there should be more paintings and ideas like this in Xi'an. These details make the city nicer!"

What's your opinion about it?

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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0 #1 xiexun 2009-10-18 20:45
hehe! nothing wonders me anymore in china. yeah it is pretty but traffic signs are traffic signs and should not be decorated! you agree?!

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