What they drive in China….

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

~H.G. Wells

I had always wondered how people in other parts of the world get around, and, I must admit, I had rather chauvinistic attitudes, believing that only in my Western world would automobiles be modern and advanced. I was humbled and surprised to find the same cars on the streets of China that I see here in the United States: Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes, as well as Honda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, Ford, VW, and Nissan.

So, the cars and vans didn’t interest me enough to photograph them. What caught my attention were the other modes of transportation, especially those vehicles that I do not see at home. While the automobiles dominate the streets, bikes of every shape, size, condition and age share the space. I never got comfortable with the practice of carrying children and babies on the scooters and bikes … and without helmets! However, I did not see a child injured in spite of the frighteningly unsafe drivers.

I am a bit frustrated that I was not able to convey the intensely crowded streets or the aggressiveness displayed by all of the drivers. I was terrified to cross the street and remember the relief and pride I felt when I finally learned how to maneuver amidst the heavy machinery and pedestrians.  (Click on any image to see it full size.)

7 thoughts on “What they drive in China….

  1. A wonderful selections of photos. Here in America we just might come to this if gas prices keep going up. In my city we are making more bike lanes because the number of riders have increased.


  2. This was fascinating. The Chinese bikes are many and varied and could be so useful to us in our car-dependent cities. I also like H.G.Wells quote and am taking it to heart. I rode my bike last weekend but I had to argue with myself first.

  3. What a great collection of photos Mona! Love the one with the hats…also the last one with the man and toddler. Now where did I put my bicycle tire pump?

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