Rickshaw Boy is a novel by the Chinese author Lao She about the life of a fictional Beijing rickshaw man. It is considered a classic of 20th-century Chinese literature. The story is about the rickshaw man "lucky son" who came to Beijing in the 1930s as a poor peasant boy. He works as a simple labourer and saves so that he can afford his own rickshaw and become an "independent" and "free" person. Despite all efforts, he fails because of the circumstances and himself.