Barber of Beijing cuts through a century of change – Robert Marquand

From the Christian Science Monitor, via

The barber of Houhai plies his trade the old way: a silver razor moves deliberately over the head, across the face, along the bridge of the nose, down the neck. He moves in unruffled concentration, as if time suspends for his work.

In some ways, it does. Jing Qui is his name. He has cut hair in for 77 years, or “four dynasties,” as he says, winking. Today, at 91, Mr. Jing can still pedal to clients, mostly elderly friends, some of whom can’t get out of bed.


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