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The barber shop time preserved
   2016-11-27 13:45:49    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Xiaoxiao

Zhao Dongfeng cuts a client's hair in his barber shop. [Photo: qq.com]

Time has come to almost a stand-still for Zhao Dongfeng's barber shop in Shaanxi Province, northwest China. Sixty-five years ago the shop opened, and the shop remains the same, the hair dryers, the chairs, the stamping irons. All the barber's tools have been used over the years still hold onto the high-quality they were made for, goods hard to find in the modern market. Around the shop hang posters that are equally as rare.

Zhao's father was appointed as the barber in the 1950's, three years after the People's Republic of China was founded, with a dozen other barbers. Thirty years later, his father passed his skill onto Zhao Dongfeng, and he has been working in the shop ever since.

Zhao Dongfeng says he has cut and styled hair for thousands of people. Though the styles keep changing, he has kept up throughout the years. Now he feels less confident as young people demand more, but the shop continues to be visited by regulars, usually wanting a shave.

Zhao Dongfeng says he can keep the price low and his clients continue to visit him, clients that have built a friendship with him over the years.


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