Rickshaw drivers in Beijing 23 Mar 2017
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Rickshaws have become the most popular mode of transport for tourists in Beijing, China. Originally designed in Japan as a one passenger vessel, to be pulled by one person, these tricycles have developed into a variety of styles, from multi-passenger to motorised and electric. The name rickshaw is derived from the Japanese word ‘Jinrikisha’ meaning human-powered vehicle.
Rickshaws are the best way to travel around the city to avoid traffic and to have a lingering look at the sights you pass. Tour the city’s Hutongs, the narrow alleyways of the old residential streets that connect the courtyard houses, to get a feel of life in China. Visit the Shichahai Lake area to see temples, bell towers, drum towers and mansions. Discover the joys of travelling around Beijing by rickshaw on Insight Guides’ The Best of China trip.