Fukien province, China: a sedan chair. Photograph by John Thomson, 1870-1871.
- Thomson, J. 1837-1921.
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A man looking out of a sedan-chair, carried by three bearers. An aide-de-camp (?) holding flowers standing beside the chair. On the right a European-style building
Until the advent of motorised vehicles, the sedan chair was one of the main means of carriage in China. Mandarin officials and people of wealth and rank kept their own private sedans. Mandarin officials in particular, indicated their rank by means of marks on the frame and cover of their sedans, and by the number of bearers and footmen in attendance. Sedan chairs could also be hired, just like taxis in later times