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Icons of amazing transformations, still pedaling today...

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ

๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด...

Yesterday I parked my bike next to a brand new ไบŒๅ…ซๅคงๆ  ("twenty-eight bars"), China's iconic 28" bicycle, derived from classic English roadster bicycle types.

This nostalgic bike made in China was one of the ไธ‰ๅคงไปถ "๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€" Chinese families aspired to have from the 1950's to well into the 1980's with the others being a sewing machine and a wristwatch. Others mention ๅ››ๅคงไปถ "four big things" (or "three rounds and a sound"), including a transistor radio.

The bike opened a wider world for millions, and was a huge status symbol as well during that time. The most famous brand at the time was from #Tianjin manufacturer ้ฃž้ธฝ or Flying Pigeon of which more than 500 million bicycles have been made since the 1950's, more than any other model of vehicle in the world (the next closest vehicle model most made is the Honda Super Cub motorcycle, which passed 100 million pieces in 2017).

China's leader Deng Xiaoping defined ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜€ "๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—น๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ" and the Flying Pigeon was so iconic that when President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush visited China in February 1989, Premier Li Peng gifted the couple two Flying Pigeon bicycles.

For many in China a kind of nostalgia today but for others still a basic mode of transportation, especially in the countryside.

Looking at Chinese society and during the 20th CPC Congress starting this weekend in #Beijing, the iconic bike posed my moment of reflection today about the huge transformations and amazing developments Chinese society has gone through in past decades... and certainly continue to transform and develop towards the future...

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