While those of us fortunate to have climate controlled offices or apartments can shelter inside away from the ferocious Shanghai summer, others have been forced to seek air conditioned refuge in the city’s subway stations.
According to the Oriental Morning Post, on Thursday almost 400 people took shelter in Metro Line 9’s Xingzhong Road station. Photos uploaded to Weibo show people sitting or lying on mats and cardboard that they had brought with them for that purpose.
Most of the hot weather refugees are construction workers on their lunch or dinner breaks, or low-wage workers without air conditioning at home.
A spokesperson for the Shanghai Metro said that “many people come to enjoy the cool temperatures, we do not try to prevent this only keep order. We discourage individuals from smoking, drinking, playing cards, or sleeping in Metro stations.”
While one reporter complained about the smell generated by all the hot, sweaty people sitting around the station, most netizens were sympathetic, pointing out that if these people don’t upset the normal functioning of the station, who cares that they’re taking advantage of the free air conditioning?
Finally, here is a photo of a red panda all tuckered out from the heat (via @shdaily):
[Images via Weibo // h/t: Ming J]