We don’t really think of China as a disability-friendly country. Yet there is one wonderful thing in Tianjin: pedestrians pathways for blind people.

Along the main roads, all footpaths have a central line of marked tiles which work as street-braille, for feet to read. Straight lines mean go ahead; oblique lines mean, shift left or right. Dots mean: crossroads, search around.

Of course it’s not perfect. Crossing the road remains difficult. And I have to admit, I haven’t seen a blind person use these in all the time I was in Tianjin. Still, maybe we could try it out in Melbourne? But then – is it wheelchair friendly?


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