In Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, a crowd gathers around street artist Zeng Xianglu as he draws a rendition of da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” in chalk on the sidewalk. “I am a street artist, not a beggar,” says 50-year-old Zeng, who became an itinerant street artist after his restaurant closed down. While China is home to a few cities that could be considered cosmopolitan, there is a distinct absence of a street performing community, where that be buskers, jugglers, artists, or…wait for it…yes, even mimes. One might come across the odd college student strumming on a guitar in a more Westernized neighborhood – such as Beijing’s Sanlitun or Gulou districts – but these performers are few and far between, only coming out at night when the chengguan (urban management officers) are taking it easy.