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Bicycle Collector Wang Mingxi- The Bicycle Kingdom

Some people love bicycles so much in their different sizes, colors and designs that they just simply can't get enough. Now after collecting and restoring bicycles for over 50 years, Mr. Wang Ming Xi has to be one of China's most passionate bicycle collectors.

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In this exhibition hall, there are many different types of bicycles, but they are only a part of Mr. Wang mingxi's collection. For him, these bicycles are an indispensable part of his life.


Interview Wang Mingxi, Bicycle Collector:

It's hard for people to understand why I collect bicycles. I have been in love with bicycles since I was a child. When I was about 5 or 6, I used to use an iron hook to get a wheel rolling down the road after school. Later, when I had grown up a little but was too short to reach the bicycle seat I would ride in a standing position. Once I saw a bicycle, I was always eager to ride. In those days it was much more admirable and fashionable to ride a bicycle than it is to drive a Benz or a BMW today.

From his love of riding bicycles to collecting them, Mr. Wang Mingxi has gathered more than 150 bicycles in half a century.

Wang Mingxi said this is the first Raleigh I bought in 1956. I've been cherishing it since the day I bought it all those years ago. It is still complete and in good shape. To keep it from rusting I brushed on red paint on the inside of its fender. This bicycle means a lot to me. It represents the beginning of my collection.

After buying his first bicycle and starting his collecting, Mr. Wang Mingxi was impassioned to begin his lifelong hobby of collecting bicycles. All the bicycles he bought have been restored and maintained by Mr. Wang Mingxi himself and he loves them just as though they were a part of his family. What he never expected is that his love for bicycles would bring him a troubles.

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