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Faster and sturdier than an electric bicycle, casual and a small enough an engine that a license is merely a formality. Anyone can learn to drive a scooter or moped (电动车).

It’s relatively quiet, efficient and fast. And affordable. A friend recently bought a black and red one, low CC Chinese-brand scooter for RMB 2500 (USD 368). “Liberating and a ton of fun!” he exclaimed, before tossing his man-purse into the scooter’s seat compartment, and put-put-putting off into the night.

But the best thing about the scooter is that unlike a bicycle, you can carry not just one, but two or heck, even three extra passengers.

Whether you’re travelling alone, with a buddy or as a family, a scooter gives you enough plastic casing, leather seating and that much horse-power, to take you places.

June 2010



  • Reply July 8, 2010


    wow… 2500rmb… that a high end bike!!! hahaa

    these thing are deadly if you are pedestrian.
    they zoom by you without making ANY noise.. can’t even tell if they are coming at you or not.

    • Reply July 9, 2010

      Stan Ang

      They have races for bikes like this China. The Chinese Super Series.
      Imagine young Chinese Chicks in leathers leaning corners with this little machine.

      • Reply July 9, 2010

        Sue Anne

        Uncle Stanley, I’ve seen plenty of girls on these scooters, never really seen any good looking ones, much less taking corners in any sexy manner. Haha.

  • Reply July 8, 2010


    Do the Chinese export all their crash helmets…?

    • Reply July 9, 2010

      Sue Anne

      Ha, they probably do. I suspect you need one for motorcycles, not scooters or bicycles. To change that culture requires a law, that’s the only way people will act sensibly.

  • Reply July 12, 2010


    Have you decided to get one? Shooting off it might be tough….

  • Reply July 21, 2010


    Many years ago I saw a family of 5 on a bicycle (in Guandong Province): Dad was pedalling, Mum was on the pillion holding a baby; and the two older children were on the bar and the handlebar respectively. Unfortunately, my camera was in my pack at the time and they had disappeared into a cloud of bicycles before I was ready to shoot, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. But I swear I saw them.

    • Reply July 22, 2010

      Sue Anne

      Keith, no worries, I believe you. I saw a family of 4 in the same period while shooting this series. Unfortunately they were too far away for my 35mm.(I’ll get back to your thoughtful Flickr email soon enough, always a pleasure to engage thoughts on photography and the written word!)

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