Confirming what any person who’s ever ridden Beijing’s subways could tell you, they’re crowded, according to London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, who is on a high-profile visit in Beijing this week riding around on the No 1 line and proving that he’s just a chill, normal guy who takes public transportation like the rest of us common folk.
Johnson said that the Beijing subway was even more crowded than London’s Tube.
“It was not the peak hour, yet the traffic was comparable to the rush hour in London,” he said in report by SCMP.
Johnson traveled on Beijing’s No 1 line for a total of five stops, according to Chinese media reports, and was even offered an empty seat. He said he was impressed by the “orderliness” and “cheap cost” of Beijing’s subways.
Netizens dutifully replied with utmost snark upon reading Johnson’s above comment on Weibo, one saying “What is the Mayor of London doing on our subway? Even our own mayor hasn’t got on it yet”.
“Was he doing this to mock Beijing’s leaders?” another wrote.
China’s leaders are often criticized for riding in government-paid cars and never using public transportation, although, it was confirmed earlier this year that Xi Jinping once took a Beijing taxi and casually chatted with the driver about air pollution.
Boris Johnson’s trip to Beijing also included a round of university visits with Chancellor George Osborne, where he discussed topics such as Harry Potter and chocolate biscuits, among others.
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