Mar 4, 2006

Beijing driving test questions

There were some sample questions from the Beijing traffic bureau driving test in a local expat magazine. Take a look through it and you'll see why it's a good idea to study before you take the computer-based test. At the traffic bureau you can choose from several different languages, of course, but the major problem is inconsistency and poor English translations. See how well you score¹

Note at the bottom of the sample test they indicate that you can have a couple agencies help you with obtaining the license and "save you a lot of administrative hassle for a mere RMB 800" (US $100). As I mention to anyone that asks me about getting a license here, that price is another example of the shameless exploitation of the western man in China. The true cost of the entire process, as it was when I went through it myself, should be around RMB 120 (US $15), which breaks down to 60 RMB for the test registration and around 60 RMB or so for a quick eye exam at almost any Beijing hospital.

Above: most drivers would think the sign above indicates that there is a tunnel ahead, but in China it indicates a "hump-shaped bridge".


¹ Link set up to use anonymouse.org because due to the blogspot.com referrer URL being sent, the page redirects to different one. This is the original link.



1 Comments:

Blogger absolutED said...

1) aiya... not many countries offer b-lingual paper work la... so many complaints
2) agency fees is optional right? it's a market economy dude

5:44 PM  

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