Bike Trash hauler

Boy on Bike

Flower Bike Man
Tricycles are used to move flowers around the city, which always makes for an awesome sight.

Bike Lane
Many of the bike lanes in China, like this one, are completely separate from car traffic, although sometimes cars use them when traffic is really bad, or to get around stopping at a red light.

Blue Bike
Many vendors use tricycles to both move and display their wares.

Vendor Bike

Watermellon II

Watermelon Seller

Women selling fresh pineapple
This woman is selling fresh pineapple from her tricycle.

Evening Rush Hour
The evening rush hour gets quite hectic, with bicycles, tricycles, e-bikes, scooters all crowding into bike lanes and occasionally taking over one or two lanes of traffic.

Evening Rush II

Waiting for the Light

Old & the New

Umbrella Bike
This bicycle comes with a built in umbrella. These are quite common in China.

Bike Path

Child in a Forest
A tricycle cart, used to transport flowers, with a guest

Flower Tricycle
Another tricycle flower cart.

Fruit Bike
This women sells raspberries and blackberries from the back of her bike

Moving a Bed and Dresser
A man moves a bed and dresser on the back of his tricycle. Notice the scooter rider behind him helping him out

Orange Bike Man

Orange Man

Blue Suit Parked

Radishes Man from behind

Radishes Man
This man is transporting cauliflower and quite large radishes.

Forest Mover

Forest Mover Past

Garbage Man
This man is transporting garbage out of Qing Yang Daoist Temple.


There are places to park your bike like this one all over Chengdu. It costs between 2 and 5 mao, which is a couple of cents.

Beijing Bike Parking
This is bike parking in Beijing

Bike Wagon

Fruit Bike Sellers
A meeting of fruit sellers

Cacti Transporter
This gentleman is transporting cacti via bike. He’s actually driving an e-bike, or electric bike. E-bikes can be peddled, or switched to an electric motor. They need to be charged when not being used.

Albino in bucket
This is an albino child in the back of a tricycle wagon.

Moving Metal
Some, but not all, of these tricycles have motors, which can be switched on at the drivers discretion.

Optional Motor
This one definitely has the motor option.

E-Bike with Parasol
This e-bike has an attached parasol. Many bikes and e-bikes here have these umbrellas to help keep riders a little cooler. They also keep riders drier when it rains.

Younger Boy on back
People ride on the backs of bikes like this all over town.


6 Responses to “Bicycles of China”

  1. Elaine Says:

    What a fascinating and colorful collection of bicycle pictures you have been able to collect! I’m sure the Portland bike blog as well as other venues will be eager to get them.

  2. Paula Says:

    Cool photos, Paul! I will be showing them to my 9th grade class soon. Are you in any of the photos? Could it be a Waldo sortof thing? Where’s Paul?

  3. Vicor Says:

    I hope Philippines implement and gov’t support the use of bikes as well.

  4. Sonia Huang Says:

    I am a guest, attracted by your lively blog. So interesting! Thanks for sharing,it is really great!

  5. How I wish the bicycling infrastructure in the Philippines could be like in China…

  6. benlownik Says:

    Appreciate the photos of the working bikes. I’ve been in China checking out the same. Glad there’s people out there like you who appreciate the functionality of them as well. Thanks for the post!


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