Regardless of where you are in the world, you may encounter a scenario that is truly unexpected― you know, one of those things that makes you stop and ask, “Why?… How?” Then all you can do is answer yes, and maybe even laugh. That is exactly what happened to me when I saw this in China:


Cart and bike on rooftop in China_Beau Sides


You can’t fully see the house, but yes, that is the roof of a house…with multiple large carts and bikes on top of the roof! When I initially saw this, from what I saw in the area, I thought, “Why are those there?” My next thought was, “How did someone place heavy metal carts on a rooftop? I couldn’t imagine how much effort was involved in completing the task.


The more I looked at the situation, the more I just had to chuckle, because I didn’t have enough imagination to come up with good answers to either of my questions. Maybe on one of my trips back to China, I can meet the homeowner and ask why are the carts on top of your house, and how did you get them there? If I ever learn the answer, I will be certain to pass the information along!




To learn more about China’s culture and history, check out my book Lessons from China: A Westerner’s Cultural Education!