Bringing us 36 snapshots of Expo snoozers, Shanghai Scrap highlighted the habitual napping of World Expo visitors on the southern end of the Expo Boulevard. But is catching some very public shut-eye in the middle of the 500,000 people-deep Expo really that common? A quick search around the Chinese blogosphere confirms this trend, as a series of napping snapshots have popped up on several sites.
But there’s more… the photos are accompanied by a Chinese poem. The translation reads:
Before the Expo tourists walked in, they definitely never thought, they would fall asleep there
Before the Expo opened, it also definitely never thought, many people would fall asleep there
But, the sun is too strong, walking walking will feel tough
But, the grounds are too big, walking walking will feel tired
So, stop, rest a little;
so, rest and rest and you fall asleep…
Everybody painstakingly entered the Expo, you must not sleep
The Expo is also not an appropriate place to sleep
But, many people are still sleeping
But, the Expo has become a place where many sleep
(Click here for the original version).
This propensity for public napping at the Exp is even highlighted in the Associated Press’ “Shanghai Expo” travel guide, where underneath the heading “Expo Basics” it offers a special “Shanghai Siestas” sub-category:
SHANGHAI SIESTAS: Those people lying down on benches at the Expo with their shoes off are not homeless. The locals have an astounding capacity to nap in public.
Indeed, as the weather continues to climb and Shanghai’s infamous humidity kicks it up a notch during the dog days of summer, this snoozing trend will perhaps be the best way to manage a full day at the jammed-packed site. As one journalist remarked on her trip earlier this month: “It’s hot, damn hot at expo”