Jiangnan 江南 - West of Shanghai, toward Suzhou

The shoulder pole distributes weight over the whole body allowing one to carry quite a heavy load more easily. While the road is paved here, it is likely that much of his journey is over fields from his home making a bike or cart inconvenient. Does he reflect on the cars whizzing past him? Probably.

China Index >> History of Shanghai and Suzhou Region >> Jiangnan, Rural Shanghai

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