By Michael Evans
Shanghai was treated to its first-ever No Pants Subway Ride this past weekend, as dozens of commuters boarded the subway in their coats, hats, and underwear.
Participants joined thousands of pantsless travelers across the globe, with similar events being held the same day in over 60 cities in 25 countries, according to Improv Everywhere, which organized the very first No Pants ride in New York in 2002.
Saturday’s Shanghai event attracted about 30 participants, far fewer than the 136 who signed up on the event’s Facebook page, but a stronger showing than the seven who participated in the original No Pants ride 12 years ago.
The event grabbed the attention of unsuspecting fellow commuters and received plenty of coverage from the Chinese media. But these reactions did little to phase or flatter the intrepid No Pantsers, as Joanna Hoopes, one of the event’s organizers, told the Global Times.
“We got stared at a lot. But actually foreigners always get stared at in the metro in China, so this was nothing out of the ordinary really.”