The weekly photo challenge is one which calls for restraint, as I have so many photos which would qualify for it. I decided to spare you though, and post just a few. 🙂
The first two are taken in Beijing, and show the urban life around the Hutongs, which are are narrow streets or alleys formed by lines of siheyuan traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Many of these have over the years, been demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. Some of them have however, been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history. We took the next two photos when we were there in 1999.
Here I am riding in style in a bicycle driven rickshaw. My mom lived in China during the war, and was carried to school every day in a rickshaw manned by what was then known as a “rickshaw coolie.”
The next photos were taken in X’ian which has developed from a sleepy rural village into a bustling urban metropolis. The usual form of transport is by bicycle, as you can see below.
Down an alleyway beyond the Drum Tower, we found the Muslim market which was a hive of activity. Even the meat and rice deliveries were done on open carts driven by cyclists who must have very strong calf muscles. 🙂
There were lots of stalls selling all manner of souvenirs etc, and at the end of the street, there is another which winds for ages and is full of food stalls, which looked to be where many of the locals gathered at mealtimes. This next photo is the bottom entrance to the market.
Here is one of the main streets in X’ian, where you will find more cars and buses.
Go down the side streets though, and bicycles abound once again.
I’m sure that since our visit, X’ian has probably changed quite a lot. It is now the capital city of Shaanxi province, and I read on Wiki, that it and has 5 pillar industries: IT and hi-tech, equipment manufacturing, tourism, modern services and cultural industries, and that by the end of 2006, there were more than 48,200 industrial enterprises. I imagine that if we were to make a return visit, we’d find it very different from the way we remember it, as portrayed in these photos.
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This is exellent photos collection @Adin 😛
Thanks so much again, dellaanna. 🙂
I like the last one. Very urban photos.
Thanks, TG. It’s amazing what photos you can find for a challenge, when you start looking through. 🙂
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This reminded me of how much we loved wandering around the Hutongs in Beijing! Perfect for the challenge AD.
Thanks again, Madhu. It was a very interesting visit indeed.
Great captures of urban! WELL DONE 😀
Thanks so much, Tania. 🙂
An urban adventure immersed in rich culture and discovery. Cool bicycle driven rickshaw ride!
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Hi AD, I hope that in the first pic they were renovating and not demolishing 😉
Who knows? It was hard to tell. 🙂
These are so perfect for the challenge. The information added is a nice
way for us to enjoy them.
Very nice ….
Thanks so much, Isadora. I always try to give a little interesting info along with my travel photos. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
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All fantastic… Naturally, my favorite is the one with you in it. 🙂
Thanks for liking me in the photo. 🙂
My sister in law lived in Germany for about a year or so, seeing these pics now I finally get it! Thank you!
You’re very welcome, Marco, but I don’t quite see the connection. Is your sister-in-law Chinese? 🙂
Wonderful entry, I loved them all. Thank you dear AD, have a nice week, love, nia
Thanks so much, nia. Hope your week is lovely too. 🙂
I must just work it all out and then try for a Rooikat site!
Well hurry up because I miss you. 😀
I think your memories are probably best, but maybe not for the people who live there. The first photo looks really third world.
I agree with you, Gilly. I think many people in China still live like that, as they do here in South Africa
Hi Ad, Great post. Fabulous photos. As always TFS. Have a wonderful day.
Regards Florence x
Thanks so much Florence. You’re welcome. 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
I love your opening line 😉
You made me laugh, Tandy. 😀
Unbelievable! Love the first and last pictures. Asian urbanities are always fascinating to see, not modern than, say, New York but just as busy.
Nice cab ride! 😀
Thanks, Rommel. Glad you liked them. 🙂
fascinating view of the urbs of Beijing, and X’ian, thank you ad!
So glad you enjoyed my choice of pics, Christine. 🙂
I really KNEW we were going to get several shots from you on this one! Very good, too.
You know me well, Col. 🙂
These are the BEST pictures I’ve seen of Urban to date!
Thanks so much, PiP. Very nice of you to say so. 🙂
Nice to see something other than the usual clogged-with-cars city streets. I’m actually noticing a few more bicycles showing up in my area. It’s probably a bad sign about the economy, but might be a good thing for a healthier lifestyle.
Hehehe That’s very true, Gunta. Can you just imagine life without noisy, smelly traffic? Of course, the ringing of bicycle bells might just drive you crazy too. 😀 🙂
Oh my…………I could LIVE there happily!!!! (do I REALLY need to tell you why? 😛 ) 😀 😀 😀 LOVELY post,my good friend 🙂
I thought of you when I saw all those bicycles in my photos, DC. 😀 I knew you’d appreciate them. Hope you’ve had a good weekend. 🙂
SO far so good,LOL,thank you. 🙂
I’ve had an epiphany of sorts that has been a long time coming,and I’m excited even though what it is cannot happen in 2012…stay tuned 😛
That sounds much more hopeful and cheerful. Holding thumbs for you, DC. 🙂
Thanks,my dear friend,you are much appreciated for all the support (especalyl when I was sounding like a spoilled whiney brat,LOL!). 🙂
Not at all, DC. We’re all entitled to throw our toys out of the cot once in a while. 😀
Lovely portrayal of urban…x
Thanks, cocoa. 🙂
Fascinating! A part of Earth I know virtually nothing about. Must be cool, having most of the traffic on bicycle.
Hi there. It’s still quite scary crossing the road. Those bicycles come out of nowhere. 🙂
nice: you, “riding in style in a bicycle driven rickshaw…”
🙂 Thanks, ft.
Nice slice of urban life – my fav is the first one
Thanks so much. Yes, I’m with you on that first pic. 🙂
These are precious photos of Beijing of the 1999 since the city has been changed so much and so quickly. I hope to visit this historical city next year.
Thanks, Amy. I look forward to the report on your visit there next year. 🙂
Great visit. Thanks.
Thanks, Gemma. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
If petrol continues to rise I’m sure we will see more cyclists here in years to come, although I suspect the great majority would b stolen!
I’m afraid your suspicions are not unfounded, SC. 🙂
Great pictures from Beijing. Brings back memories of my short time there. Love these… 🙂
I really enjoy your posts… always get to learn something… and I do love your photos…
Thanks so much, bdt, The feeling’s mutual. 🙂
Thanks, Ruth. 🙂
Another side of urban life you can bet. Loved it.
Thanks so much, newsy. 🙂