As you wander the streets of China, you will inevitably run into interesting and unexpected things. Most are small interesting details of slices of daily lives.
I saw these chairs in the back alley behind a metal gate in a residential community block in Xian. All the chairs were facing a blank concrete wall on the opposite side. The set up looked to me like a meeting area equipped with tables and chalkboards. I could imagine the locals sitting here discussing daily community affairs while sipping tea and of course, smoking.
This red velvet chair was sitting not far from one of the gates of the Summer Palace in Beijing. The deep velvet red colour immediately screamed out communist China at first glance. This chair seemed to sit comfortably well in front of the advertisement for the Summer Palace in the background corresponding well with the red frames on the wall. It looked as though it was a deliberate act of planting the chair on this spot.
I found this one while wandering in an old city block being completely demolished for modern condo project in Dunhuang. Most of the old houses were flattened at this point but a few still remained. All the doors and windows were neatly piled up along the roads waiting to be either repurposed or sold. The bright orange red colour of this chair offered a real contrast to the destruction in the surrounding area. I think it was just sitting there waiting for a good home.
This is another common sight in China. Most of the wooden stools and chairs have colourful covers on them. Even motorcycles and bicycles were decorated with these nice colours and patterns. They certainly go well with the doilies.