BEIJING -- The Beijing auto show is renowned for being a full-contact sport of sorts. Walking the aisles, nay, even trying to enter the venue, can be a survival-of-the-fittest tussle.
The noise is deafening, the crowds downright oppressive and the logistics of getting to the site a Sisyphean nightmare.
So it was with near disbelief that I had to walk only 20 minutes past the standing-still kilometers-long jumble of buses and taxis to reach the main gate on press day. And then the line moved us swiftly inside. It was practically whimsical.
Indeed, the chaotic Beijing show has improved markedly over the years. But it’s still plenty rough around the edges.
There is the occasional guttural growl of a visitor beside you hawking a loogie before depositing it on the hallway floor.
There are the overflowing toilets. And the noise, noise, noise.
But this year, the overcrowding may have reached crisis levels.