Two and three wheels in China: Bikes, motorbikes and trikes: Cee’s fun Fotos

© irene waters 2020

Another aspect of China that we found surprising was how few bicycles, and motorbikes there were. Predominantly the modes of transport were modern cars. All the motor scooters were electric and perhaps the lack of sound made those that were there a little more inconspicuous. Additionally, the motorcycles had their own lanes which were often removed from the general car lanes. When you saw them parked en masse you realised there were more than you were aware of.

© irene waters 2020

and there was room after room filled to capacity in this underground parking area. Coming from a tropical climate and travelling in spring, I found it interesting how the bike riders kept their hands warm.

© irene waters 2020

Although not common, the trike and bike were still occasionally seen transporting loads that wouldn’t be seen in my hometown at least.

Bicycles were seen even less often although we were taken for a ride through the Hutongs (an old part of Beijing) on the modern equivalent of a rickshaw.

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I did feel a little guilty at having someone pedal us around the narrow lanes of the Hutong but if it wasn’t for tourists these people might have little income and at least they weren’t pulling the rickshaw as they would have in bygone days and the experience was much better than the horse and carriage in Egypt.

Thanks to Cee for hosting Cee’s Fun Foto. Join in – its fun.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Two and three wheels in China: Bikes, motorbikes and trikes: Cee’s fun Fotos

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Irene what a fun post for this week’s bike theme. Thanks 😀

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Really interesting, Irene. I am constantly amazed by the incredible loads some of the electric motorbikes will carry.

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  3. A whole different traffic condition than what exists in the US. Those overfull bikes with the loads of balloons and the one of recycled plastic crates. Not sure how the first driver could see nor how the second one could steer. At first I thought the recycling driver was hauling a space man of some kind. These people make the most of their roadways.

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  4. Marsha says:

    What a fun post. My brother and I took a bike taxi ride a few years ago. It did make both of us feel strange and guilty, too, but it did the trick and got us where we needed to go, and the cyclist said it kept him in good shape. 🙂

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  5. I noted that the rickshaw/trike drivers have a type of uniform coat, so I’m guessing they work for a business owner rather than being self-employed. I enjoyed reading this fun post.

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