Friday, February 18, 2011

Lots of bikes

I'm working on some clarifications for my earlier posts on Google in China.  More soon.  In the meantime, I'd just like to follow up with my earlier post on transportation in China with a photo from a college in Tianjin.

As you can see, bikes are rather popular at this university as they are a great way to get around.  However, for other universities I've visited they aren't as commonly used.  Why?  Because many universities in China, especially newer ones, are built in the very distant suburbs of cities and often quite  isolated.  Students would most likely need to take a bus to get to the locations of most interest (such as shopping, parks, etc.).  The university above, though, is located in a relatively central part of Tianjin.

Another interesting thing about bikes is that while some students may desire a fashionable or high tech mobile phone, they may not be as keen to have the best, shiniest bike.  Why not?  Because they don't want it stolen.

Another win for pragmatism.

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