These rickshaws on the porch of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion are not here as charming decorations. The two-wheeled vehicles – some are pushed and others are pulled – are a common form of transporting tourists around George Town. The rickshaw was invented in Japan in 1869 and quickly spread across major Asian cities until their steady decline in the 1920s and 1930s. A variation is the trishaw (also called a becak or cycle rickshaw), a three-wheeled vehicle with pedals. Most of the rickshaw drivers in George Town are delightful. They are knowledgeable and passionate about their city and are eager to show you the highlights with pride.