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The tourist season is here. So are the builders

By Mark Kitto   May 2011

There are various types of taxi in and around Moganshan. Most numerous are the “bread vans,” so-called because they look like a loaf of bread—although no one around here eats bread, let alone has seen a loaf. (The name comes from Beijing, where bread is a common foodstuff.)

Bread vans have six seats and will go anywhere, anytime. Most locals have favourite bread van drivers. But the vans are too cramped for long-distance travel and aren’t allowed into big cities. Not that it stops them going anyway: you pay your fare at the city limits and hope for the best.

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