Hailing in Vain: Beijing’s Taxicab Crisis

Anyone who has spent time in Beijing in recent years knows how difficult it can be to flag down a cab in the massive metropolis, especially during the city’s infamously congested rush hours. One reason for the apparent...

Fruit Knives, Taxi Windows in Pre-Congress Crackdown

With the start of the 18th Party Congress less than two weeks away, Barbara Demick catalogues the broad range of restrictions imposed on Beijingers to ensure that all goes harmoniously. From the Los Angeles Times: Since last...

Beijing’s Taxicab Contention

As economic expansion benefits China’s growing middle class, long stagnant fares are leaving Beijing’s 66,000 taxi drivers discontented. The Economist reports: Beijing’s base fare of 10 yuan ($1.60) has not changed...

Zombies and Beijing's Taxi Woes

TIME’s Austin Ramzy laments the crowded rush hour taxi scene in Beijing, which he compares to “zombies after fresh human brains,” and examines a system facing a crisis of quality while resisting the...

Journal of a Strike – Laohu Miao (老虎庙)

Qipan Jing town is well known for its proven trove of more than 40 mineral resources, including 960 million tons of coal, 3.3 million tons of quartz stone, 5.2 million tons of iron, etc. Such resources have brought wealth to...

Jonathan Watts: Where cabbies are cheery but skint

From the Guardian: Beijing has some of the most downtrodden taxi drivers on the planet. According to the China Daily, the average cabbie works 106 hours a week, and takes home only 1,817 renminbi (¬£120) a month. Even as China’s economy steams ahead, their earning potential is slowing down. Traffic volume has doubled in less […]


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