Tuesday, January 13, 2009
History of the Beijing Cab at China Car Times: "The Mian Di was one of the first mass available taxis, these were first used from 1984 onwards. These were painted a tasteful yellow color (The Chinese referred to them as ‘Yellow Bugs’) and could easily seat 8 people in their restricted areas. From ‘84 to ‘98, these ‘massive on the inside, small on the outside‘ vans were cruising the streets of the capital, for 10rmb you could go 10km, not a bad price. Drivers loved the Mian Di as it could carry plenty, either people or cargo, it was highly effecient thanks to its tiny engines which were usually 800cc to 1.3l at the most."