Cars are a symbol of modernity and luxury, and particularly so in China, the largest car market in the world. Everyone is in on this: the government, auto companies, and of course, the sacred cow of the international economy, the rising Chinese middle class.
As a country and a generation goes wheels up, one of the greatest, quirkiest things that can be seen in Beijing is the wildly varied ways that people decorate their cars.
This is only a small selection of the cars that can be seen in Beijing. Some of the best ones, like the cotton candy pink Hello Kitty car, or the crazy Tarepanda one, I did not manage to snap in time, but they haunt the streets and traffic jams of this car-mad city.
False information! You should actually call 110!
Saved the best one for last. Here is the ultimate China ride: The Mao Mobile! (Thank you, Sarah, for this amazing pic.) I’m not sure the other two are, can’t quite make out the faces in the picture, although it looks like it could be Zhou Enlai in the middle.
The characters read: 10,000 years to citizens of China; 10,000 years to the Communist Party.