By The Good Doctor
I still remember my first encounter with one of these trucks of death. I was walking near Xinjiekou when everybody suddenly scrambled into the nearest shop. I couldn’t figure out what was happening until I saw what looked like a firetruck watering the trees. Everyone else knew what I was about to learn: whatever chemical they were spraying, it doesn’t discriminate between mosquito and man.
The fact that they are still using these truck more than a decade later baffles me. It certainly hasn’t stopped me from waking up several nights a week during the summer with mosquito bites. My only conclusion is (warning: unsubstantiated opinion coming up) the city maintains these outdated public works in order to keep people employed. It’s probably the same reason they water the streets during a rainstorm. Youku video for those in China after the jump.