Fuxing Lu, 6am

On my morning walk along Fuxing Lu at 6am it's very dark and quiet. The winter sun rises late. The steamed bun (baozi) shops are just getting their first customers of the day, who pick up their breakfast on their way to work.

Most of the customers come from a nearby construction site where an old building is being preserved in the midst of what will eventually be a skyscraper.

This little shop makes the day's first batch of fried bread sticks and savoury pancakes, other popular breakfast staples.

By 6.45 am the streets are still quiet but daylight is beginning to creep in. I love this early morning hour of quietness, but soon the streetlights will be turned off and by 7.30am the streets will be filled again with people.

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