9/13/2009

NYTimes: Roaming Beijing’s Alleys, Shouting Vendors Sow Echoes of the Past



Itinerant vendors and recyclers work their way through the older streets of Beijing, a tradition cherished by many residents. But city officials are less enamored of such reminders of earlier times.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Li Hailun sells grasshoppers in woven enclosures.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Another Beijing hawker sells candy from his bicycle.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)



Mr. Li and one of his grasshoppers for sale.(Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)

Audio Slide Show: As Beijing Modernizes, Street Hawkers Lose Customers
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/09/11/world/asia/20090911-hawkers/index.html

Roaming Beijing’s Alleys, Shouting Vendors Sow Echoes of the Past

From The New York Times
By ANDREW JACOBS
Published: September 12, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/world/asia/13beijing.html

BEIJING — Not long after daybreak, before the city begins its full-throated roar, the shouts and calls can be heard here up and down the old alleyways and deep within the walled courtyards that form the crowded heart of the Chinese capital.

“Goat meat, goat meat!”

“Eggs, rice, eggs, rice!”

“Scrap, household scrap!”

With more emphasis on song than lyric, they are the marketing jingles of itinerant fruit vendors, sellers of roasted duck and stooped men who have mastered the art of resuscitating blunt kitchen knives. Like the familiar whine of cicadas in August, their garbled calls are the soundtrack of the Beijing summer, and many residents look forward to the return of the hawkers’ glutinous rice cakes, mismatched crockery and pet crickets that sing.

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