The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires

China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?

Foreign Policy
Jan 1, 2019 · 7 min read
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More than 100,000 shared bikes are piled up in an open space in Xiamen, China, on Jan. 13. Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

By Frankie Huang

Until the late 1990s, China was a nation of cyclists. Bicycles were such a vital part of everyday life that in the 1970s, owning one was a prerequisite for marriage the way an apartment and a car are for Chinese…

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