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Rickshaws were first used in China during the late 1800s and an important element in urban development in 20th century China in terms of transport and for the employment it provided. At one time rickshaw men and their dependents made up almost 20 percent of Beijing's population. Many rickshaws disappeared after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 though in recent years they have made a comeback in popular tourist areas of Beijing.
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Rickshaws were first used in China during the late 1800s and an important element in urban development in 20th century China in terms of  transport and for the employment it provided.  At one time rickshaw men and their dependents made up almost 20 percent of Beijing's population. Many rickshaws disappeared after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 though in recent years they have made a comeback in popular tourist areas of Beijing.