About town

15 Apr

Li and I went for a walk on a sunny spring day recently.  We had a nice lunch and were looking for a newly opened frozen yogurt shop where Li had a discount coupon. On the way there we took a turn down a large street and saw this.

Line after line of bicycles and motorcycles.  The motorcycles are a familiar sight on the streets of Shanghai – these are police motorcycles and police plates, but the bicycles were something else entirely.  Most of the bicycles were actually slightly dusty as if they hadn’t been ridden in a long time, but you can see that there is a blinking light on the back and a space for a carrier.  On each carrier was painted Huangpu Social Insurance Bureau (黄浦社保).  I actually know quite a bit about the social insurance programs in China – it’s a set of programs including retirement income, medical insurance, maternity, unemployment, etc. , but I still can’t figure out why this department needs a fleet of bicycles.

Any thoughts as to why these bicycles are (or were) necessary?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

The Mad Woman in the Attic

stories of a serial expat and solo traveller

Marta lives in China

8+ years and counting!

Foreign Sanctuary

Lead and Live a Life Less Ordinary

Crazy Chinese Family

My crazy Chinese Family I married into...

Writing Between the Lines

Life From a Writer's POV

A Kick In The Butt

Advice on all things FITNESS by Personal Trainer Ariana Dane

China Elevator Stories

Conversations with locals in China

Chasing Sunsets

Current Location: The Daraja Academy; Nanyuki, Kenya

%d bloggers like this: