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China bicycles | China | Asia

[Visited: April 2001]

Bicycles in China are ingrained in every day life, are an important means of transportation and are visible everywhere. Also in the big cities cycles dominate streets although more and more cars and highways are being built. Bicycles make for a colourful addition to sometimes grey streets. And at times it is incredible to see for which purposes cycles can be used. Not only to go from A to B, that's for sure!

Picture of China bicycles (China): Chinese newspaper seller on bicycle

Many bicycles are used as market stalls, carrying all kinds of ware. Extremely convenient, you can always try a new market in a new neighbourhood to see if your products have more chance of being sold. You can stock up whenever you want, and taking your shop from one point to another does not cost more than pedalling a few kilometres. Bicycles provide for truly mobile business!

Picture of China bicycles (China): Bicycle market stall

But bicycles can also be used for transporting goods. And I don't mean just a little bag on the back of your bicycle. In China, bikes can take anything from a plant to a collection of suitcases, to livestock to a pile of computers. Since Chinese traffic is a clear example of the right of the strongest, the more visible (often, the higher) your load, the more respect you gain. Anyway, looking back for other traffic becomes impossible for these heroes on two or three wheels.

Picture of China bicycles (China): Bicycle cargo transportation
Picture of China bicycles (China): Bicycle cargo transportation
Picture of China bicycles (China): Bicycle garbage collector
Picture of China bicycles (China): Bicycles and motorcycles
Picture of China bicycles (China): Newspaper vendor using a bicycle
Picture of China bicycles (China): Cycling with chicken

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