Calls and sounds of the Peking street peddlers

Paintings of street sellers and descriptions of their cries and jingles from Samuel Victor Constant's Calls, Sounds and Merchandise of the Peking Street Peddlers, written in 1936 as a master's thesis at the College of Chinese Studies.


This peddler uses a “t’iao tzu”. On one end is a round wooden box – “yuan lung”. On the other end is a smaller “yuan lung” on which is placed a square wooden tray. In this are displayed the peddler’s wares consisting of all kinds of low grade candy. It is made from rice and very brittle. The Chinese call it “su t’ang” or “brittle candy”.

The peddler beats a gong about one foot in diameter with long slow strokes.