Those Beijing hat guys!!

Who needs entertainment when you’ve got vendors and salespeople all around you?  Beijing brought out dozens of hat guys selling collapsible paper hats.  Some in rainbow colors. Some plain.

But not all hat guys, you understand, are thrilled to be in pictures.


The guy below, however, was.  He could be on late-night TV —  animated hijinks, inside/outside hat routine, connections with the crowd.

Five ways, he yelled. Watch this.  Five ways!  (In English, too!)

First, with this ordinary hat shape — good enough to keep the sun at bay.


Then with one quick flip . . .


. . . a whole new version! Tower look maybe?


We clapped and hollered and shouted, Again!

He smiled.  And fidgeted. And then one more!

One dollah, one dollah.  Hat.  Five ways.  One dollah! Five ways!

(He was faster at flip-changing his hat than I was snapping pictures!)


Now, who do you think would ever buy one of these crazy hats?

Well, all I can verify is they don’t travel so well in a packed suitcase! (Who cares? Well worth one dollah!)


To read more of our encounters in China, go to the top of this page and click China in the green bar! Thanks for reading!

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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12 Responses to Those Beijing hat guys!!

  1. Rusha, I love the hat guys! Talk about characters. 🙂 I’m still catching up on your wonderful trip. I remember when we were there several years ago (in the winter), I looked at a map and set off on a walk, thinking I’d do 15-20 blocks. But what I discovered was that a block was HUGE – a much greater distance than anything I’d ever experienced! Lesson learned: Check the map scale! 🙂 ~Terri

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks! It’s always fun to watch the vendors, and sometimes they’re as close as your face! We even had folks board the buses with us to sell everything from postcards to fans! It’s just part of travel, I suppose. Thanks for the tip on looking at a map. We did the same thing hunting for the insect market in Shanghai (another post comin’ up)!

  2. susanissima says:

    Hilarious! I love the way you’ve interspersed photos with narrative. Really fun to read.

  3. Ruzhi Chew says:

    Hmm interesting…I don’t recall seeing such fancy hat patterns when in Beijing, but that was 15 years ago. Keep up your posts about this interesting country, the info is invaluable!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for joining me on this journey! China is fascinating! And the hat guys are in a long line with other souvenir vendors! These just seemed to have more showmanship than others did!

  4. Tina Schell says:

    LOL, Love these!!! Headed to China for a month starting Sunday. Your posts have definitely whet my appetite!!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      I hope to post a few more this week and next. I had to travel a lot with my job of training teachers the past two weeks. (Everyone wants professional development at the beginning of school!) Thanks for stopping by. Have a great trip to China. Would love to go for a month!!!

  5. Angie says:

    I think their kind of neat 😀 I’d pay a dollah! 😀

  6. blueberriejournal says:

    Cool hats. I would like to have one.

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