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    The ancestor of the rickshaw was born in Japan. Its inventor, Jonathan Scobie, an American missionary, would have designed around 1869 to transpo… Read More
    The ancestor of the rickshaw was born in Japan. Its inventor, Jonathan Scobie, an American missionary, would have designed around 1869 to transport his invalid wife. Another potential inventor is Izumi Yosuke, who obtained the first license from the Japanese authorities. In cities, rickshaws quickly supplant the palanquin through traditional transport time. After two years of existence, more than 40,000 rickshaws ply the streets of Tokyo in the late 1910s, the appearance of trams collapse is the use of rickshaws in Japan. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Japanese export rickshaws throughout Asia and European colonies. The settlers make their preferred means of transport and as such he was associated with the colonization and exploitation of man by man. This memory is always present in the minds of tourists who hesitate before using this means of transportation. In 1873, a French name Menard brings rickshaw in Shanghai, then French colony. It does not take long to be a great success and spread their use throughout China. Some survivors (licenses are not renewed) are still circulating in Hong Kong, the Star Ferry pier. Read Less
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Thirty years ago, Chiang Mai was covered by more than one thousand samlors (local name of pedicabs). The gradual arrival Songtaws (small group bus with no destination) has significantly reduced the number of vehicles human traction. Today, nearly about 200 still resist, mainly around the markets.
At the heart of the market Warorot backed by a Chinese temple, a shady lane sharing walls between vendors grill on one side and a single file of pedicabs on the other. The heat prompted drivers to big fans of a merchant noodles. I take this opportunity to detail the cyclos, gear worthy of a global transport museum. The framework is particularly long and features a logo near the gallows. Certainly one of the manufacturer or a particular brand series. Another sign of belonging is located under the seat: bronze or steel, a statuette of twenty centimeters hangs between the uprights of a welded fork on the platform.
I saw the Pegasus, eagles, ducks, Hanuman the monkey god, and three star best known for adorning the grille of a German sedan branches. A timeless cyclo features two dominant lions worn globe that the driver rotates on its axis with pride. This trademark is no longer on this unique machine in Chiang Mai.