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At the Jinrickshaw Station there is a plaque describing the history of the jinrickshaw.
Below is an excerpt from the plaque to give an idea of the fares paid by passengers.
The wording on the plaque also indicates that many rickshaw pullers hoped to go back
to China rather than settle here permanently.

“Early rickshaws were small, lightweight, hooded carts with large wheels, pulled by a single man. Hoods that were easily erected provided protection against the rain or strong sun, and, in some cases, prying eyes. A hood up in fair weather often meant that the passenger was a call girl or some character of disrepute. For three cents, one could go half a mile (0.8 km), or for 20 cents, have the rickshaw at one’s disposal for an hour. Most rickshaw pullers were coolies, who laboured in the hope of saving enough money to return to China after their sojourn. So popular was the rickshaw that it edged out its competitor, the steam tram.”

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Written by victorkoo

27 February, 2008 at 10:00 am

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