shu and joe


Published on April 19, 2006

Innovation lives everywhere in Beijing. A paraplegic sails down the road in a contraption of his own design. One hand holds a burning cigarette while the other grasps a steering wheel that effortlessly controls a set of four wheels. He maneuvers his way through potholed streets with the efficiency of a cab driver, at 1/100th of the speed.

On the backs of carts, entrepreneurs strap entire moving pet stores, complete with rabbits poking forlornly out of cages and complicated goldfish filtration systems. Today a new vendor joined the parade, with a makeshift greenhouse perched on the back of his three-wheeler. Lilies and geraniums overflowed from beneath his improvised construction and the neighborhood seniors ambled over to get a better look. I suppose this is capitalism at its finest.

Filed under: Beijing, Everyday Life

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