Beijing 2006 - The best place for a game of cards

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

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hutong, beijing, china, pedicab, rickshaw, parked, children, boys, young boys, playing, cards, candid, street, tiĕ shù xié jiē, tie shu xie jie, tieshu byway, tieshu diagonal street, xié jiē, xie jie

Part of the Beijing 2006 – The hutong series; see my same-named journal post for a bit of background.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

Four young boys taking advantage of a pedicab parked along Tiĕshù xié jiē (Tieshu diagonal road or Tieshu byway), using it as a nice secluded place to play a game of cards. The little boy on the left has just discovered me, the one on the right wonders what he’s looking at… the other two are still concentrating on their cards, heads down.

When I took it, I thought I’d missed the shot, and I only had one chance: I’d wanted to catch them unawares. Only much later did I realize that the small boy looking at me, mouth open, and the larger boy looking at him, was actually far better than what I’d had in mind. By now, this image has gained five features (see below) – that should teach me!

It seems children everywhere love to play in these covered pedicabs or rickshaws; probably because they provide a nice enclosed space at their scale rather than the much larger rooms of the grown-up world – and of course they can easily hide in one. Compare the little girl I caught playing in Pondicherry (India) a few years later.

About the street name:

See my explanations here and here(In with the new (2)).

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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Matted print, black matte


So curious!

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