Manhole Covers in Shanghai and Beijing

From time to time, I will post some random photos of this city. There is no particular topic, just to record the daily life, and to keep a record of my life for myself to reference in the coming years.

The Manhole Cover

Below is the current version of the manhole found at the crossroad near my home. It reads: Shanghai Shui (meaning Shanghai Water).

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Manhole Cover is a unique thumbprint for a city. It is generally of the same round shape across the whole world, but there are completely different patterns on it.

Here is the drawing I made when I was in Beijing:

Hand drawn by Jian Shuo Wang on April 9th, 2009 in Bejiing

How good/bad is the drawing?

The difference is, there is very few such manhole in Shanghai – it was for heating system – no such a thing, at least not in large scale, in Shanghai.

7 thoughts on “Manhole Covers in Shanghai and Beijing

  1. Wang Jian Shuo,

    may I ask – I can see the Shan and Shui characters. But the middle one does not look like Hai to me. What is it?

  2. Greg,

    the middle one is just a logo of the product.Shang and Shui characters is the short form of a company’s name.

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