Sleeping in China
Sleeping in public in China – is a national sport. Almost. There are so many instances of it in any given city on any given day, that you will be hard pressed not to encounter it. Is it wrong ? No! Just amusing to some extent to the unaccustomed foreign visitor. For those who have lived / stayed long enough in the country – it is a regular occurrence, and something not to be surprised about.
Having said all this – well it is still pretty entertaining – not so much to find people sleeping out and about, but to find all the different ways and places people find as comfortable whether for a small siesta or a serious sleep.
While to us (the foreigners) this may seem odd, sleeping in public shows some interesting (potentially) characteristics of the Chinese society – namely:
- Expectations for public safety – it seems no one is really concerned that their well being may be threatened while asleep
- Surprising expectation of no petty theft – which is strange because there is certainly enough of it in China….May be the petty thief stay away from sleeping folks – their sleep is special state and in an unspoken way, protected….
- Everyone is really used to loud noise. I know from experience – I was. Living in a hussle and bustle of Shanghai, you get accustomed to the noises around you and you tune them out.
So all in all, not a bad set of traits and tricks to learn to leverage. Those will help you!