On Wednesday night commuters inside the Tianjin Metro were treated to a surprise pole dancing show put on by a blonde-haired foreigner performing for them for around 20 minutes.
A netizen posted pictures from the routine on Weibo, describing the woman as in her twenties. The impromptu performance occurred on the subway’s Line 2 at around 9 p.m. and apparently lasted for an incredible eight metro stops. That’s some seriously impressive endurance, if questionable hygiene.
Fellow commuters were baffled while netizens were a bit indignant.
“If this dancing girl had been Chinese, everyone would say ‘Oh, how uncivilized!” but since she is a foreigner everyone says “You go, sister!”
Tianjin Metro authorities have responded to the news saying that commuters should not try to copy the woman’s actions (too late for this dude), because they could end up hurting themselves or others.
This isn’t the first time that foreigners have caused a ruckus on Chinese subways. Last year, a group of laowai annoyed passengers on the Shanghai Metro by swinging on hand rails, kicking each other and generally just having a grand old time.
“They smelled like alcohol, some of them were still drinking and some of the beer even got sprayed onto the floor,” one witness remembered. “I really can’t understand their behavior.”
While obviously that sort of behavior has no place on public transit, you’d think that people could take some enjoyment out of pole dancing. Currently the art form is exploding in popularity in China, being practiced by young woman trying to stay in shape:
Or get warm:
As well as, pregnant women:
And whole families:
There’s talent everywhere you look:
[Images via NetEase]