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.
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.