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Photo by Katherine Fan

A customer has his bicycle serviced at a repair kiosk on a narrow hutong.

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Photo by Katherine Fan

The sun sets behind a foot bridge spanning Beihai, a stretch of river that runs through Beijing near the Forbidden City.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

An acupuncturist’s apprentice looks out the door of his clinic, the Meridian Wellness Center.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

A contestant for the CCTV program, Outlook English, has makeup applied in Beijing.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

Beijing night markets include exotic fare like scorpions, starfish and seahorse on a stick.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

A man walks past a birdcage just inside of Man Fu Lou restaurant in Beijing.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

In efforts to prepare for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the Beijing government is adding more public transportation.

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

Dr. Wang Juyi examines a patient while several students stand around and observe during his Saturday morning clinic hours. Today, Wang holds clinic hours only twice a week serving mostly friends and family.

Safety Is as Safety Does

 “You don’t need that,” Xian taxi driver Chang Xumin remarked sharply, as I reached for my passenger seatbelt. “It’s very safe, really.” He apparently took offense at the thought that I might need a seatbelt in his cab, but the prospect of riding beltless in Chinese traffic persuaded me to buckle up anyway. Chang clucked a few times and sped off, narrowly missing an old woman who was slowly crossing the street.

Big Brother (and Everyone Else) is Watching


A 20-something woman takes off her pants in a doctor’s office. She stands wearing purple-striped bikini-cut underwear in a room full of strangers.

A mother holds her toddler over a bush in an elevated squatting position. A convenient tailored opening allows the kid to do his business, major or minor, without the burden of diapers, or any protective layer.

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