Ma Haifang (马海方) is a Chinese artist born and grew up in Beijing’s outskirts. Below are some of his works illustrating the lives of ordinary rural and city folks in Beijing in the last century.
Aaaah! The old fashion back scratcher. One of the best inventions ever.
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Have you ever used it? 😂
I’ve got one that looks like the one in the picture. That and a brush on a long handle for the shower.
Each year from the early autumn on, there were roasted sweet potato stalls emerging in Beijing’s trading centres and hutongs (alleyways) in siheyuan (courtyard-style houses) neighbourhoods. Most of the vendors were peasants from Beijing’s outskirts or non-locals without a job. The initial investment includes a stove, usually made with a recycled oil barrel so it actually cost nothing, and a second-hand bike.