Wood you believe it?
JD and I explored a street near our home the other day which we hadn't walked down before. We were surprised to find nearly all the parked vehicles had wooden boards chained to their tyres. I've asked a dozen Chinese folk why this is and nobody seems quite sure. Some say it is to protect the tyres from other cars or from people kicking them. The most common answer though is that it stops dogs from weeing on the tyres which apparently weakens the rubber. Seems a little unlikely to me though.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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