A hazardously placed Jilin “sidewalk” which went viral online has, in fact, turned out not to be a sidewalk at all, but an isolation belt that was merely taken over by pedestrians, reports China Daily.
The supposed sidewalk made waves after pictures emerged of pedestrians following the narrow trail and getting perilously close to the speeding cars and trucks flying past.
Unflustered travellers seem totally impervious to the danger as they traverse the highway.
The two metre wide concrete path is enclosed by four lanes of highway traffic and stretches over a kilometre long.
As it turns out, the median strip is actually an isolation belt intended to divide the opposite directions of traffic, according to the city’s construction committee.
However, it appears that the planning department didn’t anticipate the mettle of local pedestrians, or the risks some Chinese are willing to take for a shortcut.
The intrepid pedestrians who ventured along the “footpath” may be forgiven for their misapprehensions, with regard to the existence of other terrifying and even life-threatening walkways which are found across China.
By Liam Bourke