February 24, 2009

Bicycle is still the King of Transport in China

Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China, (30°37'0"N 104°5'59"E)
Date: 16 April 2003; 9.05am
Camera: Canon G1
Despite the explosion of car ownership in China especially in the major cities, bicycle is still the number one mode of transport in the country. However China's bicycle fleet is declining- it has declined by 35% from 670 million to 435 million between 1995 and 2005. Nevertheless this still dwarfs the car population estimated at around 10 million vehicles nation-wide. As such it is not surprising that Chinese are very adept at using bicycle- not only for riding from one place to another, but for bonding between family members. This boy is still half asleep while his father' lovingly send him to school in the morning.

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