Old Trucks and Buses in China

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Since moving to Shanghai, I have spent a lot of spare time at "flea markets" scouring hundreds and hundreds of old family photo albums for pictures of old cars in China. It is an amazingly difficult task to find any old car pics. Truck and bus pics are a bit easier, so here are some for fun.

I think he is about to get his arm broken!

I found the two pics above in Shanghai, but I think they may be of a Japanese truck, not Chinese. Also, it looks like a Chevrolet body mounted to a Ford chassis cowl.

Check the ignition regularly on your flathead Ford! Bonus points awarded for using the factory toolkit screwdriver, too!

I'm pretty sure the problem is in here somewhere!

Here's how you make a road in Xizang (Tibet). The gorge is too steep, so just cut a rabbet out of the side of the mountain.

Instruct all drivers to load all trucks to the maximum allowable dimension.

Traveling in style!

Happiness is a Dodge truck!

Look at all the happy bus riders in Xizang (Tibet)! We sure like those Dodge trucks!

Here's a great pic of the Chinese entourage spreading good cheer in Lhasa, Xizang (Tibet). That is the famous Buddhist mecca Potala Palace on the hill behind.

Depending on your political viewpoints, the Chinese occupation is either the best or worst thing to ever happen to Tibet.

The fact is that the Chinese liberated the Tibetans from oppressive rule and serfdom at the hands of the top political / religious leaders and prominent wealthy families of Tibet who controlled everything. The other ninety-nine percent of the population were illiterate indentured servants and living in inescapable usury, poverty, and squalor before the Chinese took control.

Subsequently the Chinese have poured immense amounts of development and social welfare money into Xizang over the last 50 years and substantially raised the outlook for the common people. It is not just rhetoric. I have traveled throughout China including Lhasa and the Qinghai plateau, and can say that my strong impression is that the average Tibetan's standard of living is objectively higher than that of average rural Chinese peasant in many ways.

Tibet is sparsely populated compared to the rest of China, so every dollar spent there on social welfare has a more direct and greater impact on the common man than elsewhere in China.

Solitude and simplicity can be lifestyles, but servitude and oppression are not.

Hopefully, the Dalai Lama and the ruling class he represents will never be allowed to return. Someday hopefully Tibet will be truly autonomous, but an exit of the Chinese and a return to the past ruling classes or modern chaos would be a bigger disaster than the status quo. BTW, I have held this view since 1979 when I first did some research on Tibet and the Dalai Lama, long before moving to China and visiting Tibet.

I understand the Tibetans' desire to be 'rid' of the Chinese, but a return to the former system is not the answer either. Maybe America will have a good suggestion for the Chinese for resolution after it figures out the ethical solutions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here's a close up of the Mao parade promising joy and prosperity to the Tibetans.

Okay, so it's not a truck. It's the Japanese negotiating with Mao Ze Deng and Zhou En Lai for the removal of the Japanese from China.

Here is a pic of a 1937 Ford sedan and a 1935 vintage Ford truck in war-torn Suzhou. This pic is from 1939 or 1940 while the Japanese were still busy raping and pillaging and running amuck in China. Note the Japanese flag flying. It is no wonder the Japanese are still so widely despised in China (and elsewhere for that matter).

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May 2006
中国 上海