Rickshaws have become an integrated part of life in Beijing. Without them, Beijing would miss something.. the convenience to move around short distance. cheap and fast!
However they are increasingly threatened by the government and officially are not allowed. The problem with Rickshaws is that they are noisy, dangerous and they don’t look pretty. But depending on who you ask, they bring an atmosphere and lifestyle to the city that without it Beijing would not be Beijing.
For foreigners learning how to ride them is the ultimate lesson of China. Because you have to haggle.. never accept the first price. Also you must communicate to the driver where you want to go in a messy city. If you can survive through this daily task, you can live in China!
Beijing Report / Dwayne Peng