A Rickshaw Driver Plays Plays with His Cell Phone

In the old days, the rickshaw was a major means of transportation for (well-to-do) residents of Beijing. Today, there are still some rickshaws in the city, but they’re mostly there to take tourists around for sightseeing, especially in the old-fashioned Hutong (lanes) around Houhai (Back Lake). Also, whereas in the old days “rickshaw boys” pulled their carts on foot, their vehicles today are mostly tricycles.

Cell phones have become very popular in China, to the point where just about everyone has one. In fact, China is now the world’s largest mobile communication market, with about 500 million cell-phone users. Percentage-wise, that’s about 35 cell phones for every 100 people living in China.