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!