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Post time 2011-12-26 10:18:52 |Display all floors
Once China was renowened as "The Kingdom of bikes". Things have changed nowadays.


The streams of rickety bikes accross the streets of Chinese cities have been replaced by electric motors, automobiles, and mini vans. Today, due to the smog and pollution, bikes have been regaining their proper position.

During the '60s and '70s, production of bicycles was one of the leading business of China. In this picture you can see a shanghaiese company producing the popular model "Phoenix".
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June 27, 1981, Shanghai. Shanghai Bicycle Factory started off from the reorganization of a tractor factory. Plant production capacity reaches 2.5 million pieces per year. During the twentieth century, owners of bicycles in China reached 500 million. Bicycle for many Chinese was the first opportunity to move quickly.
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1981, Beijing. Pekingese rush to work riding their black or gray bicycles.
One out of three dwellers used to be a lucky owner of a bicycle.
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1984, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, bicycle parking facilities. China during the 80s was famous throughout the world as the "kingdom of the bicycle." Later, in 2002, when President George W Bush visited Beijing, he was given a bicycle.
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1986, Beijing, Chang'an Street. Times change and first foreigners arrived in China.
Blue workers uniforms are just a memory of the recent past.
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1990, Beijing, Chang'an Street. Large lanes were dedicated to the bikes.
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1991, Shanghai. Streets are jammed by an infinite number of bicycles.
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