The Bikes (Trikes, Mopeds, Scooters, Etc) of China

I’ve been taking shots of the massive variety of small, mostly two-wheeled, vehicles we have seen all over China. Since scooters are banned in Guangzhou (where we are right now), I figured that my photo journal is mostly complete. Below are a number of my favorite finds throughout Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, and a couple from today in Guangzhou. Click to enlarge. Enjoy.

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Gotta start em young!

IMG_4316Many of the scooters we saw had these handlebar sheaths like huge gloves…

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There were dozens like the one above – they all seemed to be used as garbage containers…

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These massive trike dump trucks were all over the place… so strange!

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You just had to stand in awe of the parents or caretakers driving around the dense traffic with one, two, even three toddlers balanced on their scooters – real skill there.

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I have no idea what’s going on with the image above… We’re pretty sure those were not real babies in the back…

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Snoopy scooter in downtown Zhengzhou…

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It took me so long to get halfway decent shots of the little kids on scooters that I also drew a few sketches in case I never got a picture! Here they are:

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PS: anyone who thinks Italy has the corner on dangerous levels of scooter action, I dare them to spend a week in Zhengzhou.

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