Being a taxi driver in China is heavy, but you will not see it that way after meeting the Shenyang taxi driver who has taken 30,000 selfies with his passengers in the last four years.
Teng Jiazhi proudly reveals that he has started with the idea 10 years ago when he took a couple of tourists on a winter day and explains: “They had been waiting for a car in the cold for over an hour. When they came up, they thanked me and wanted to offer me something else, but I can not accept extra money. Before they went down, they wanted to take a picture with me. The gratitude they felt was very comforting and that was the first selfie I took with a passenger. ”
This experience went deep into him so in 2011 he decided to place a camera in his vehicle. Since that time, he has captured photos with thousands of people from different parts of the world and many of them really eager to pose with him. It has about 80 clients per day and on average 20 agree to be photographed. Many of them say that their smile is contagious and that walking in their taxi lights up the day.
Teng caught the attention of the media a few years ago when he reached to take 5,500 selfies and opened an account in Weibo (it is a Chinese social networking website, similar to Twitter and, to a lesser extent, Facebook.) And uploaded online and now has thousands of fans and expresses that many passengers recognize him by the news and enjoy being told “Uncle Teng”, has been recognized with the world record of the largest number of selfies taken.