As unusual as this may seem. The picture above was taken after a concert held in Shanghai.
Here’s another one. Notice the almost supernaturally straight lines of chairs:
And the complete lack of even a scrap of garbage:
The eerily clean scene is the site of the 2016 Concert on the Green of Chenshan Musical Festival held at the Chenshan Botanical Gardens in Shanghai’s southwestern Songjiang District. According to NetEase, it was attended by 6,000 incredibly well-mannered concert-goers, who listened to classical arrangements of tunes taken from the original soundtracks of Oscar winners, and then left the place like they were never there.
If you are still skeptical, here’s your proof. Look, people:
Ok, there is a bottle on the ground in the last picture, but we assume some environmentally-conscious soul picked it up and placed it in the recycle bin after the concert was finished.
All across the Chinese internet, this Shanghai concert is being cast as a harbinger of great things to come:
“This is the rise of a civilized and well-mannered country,” one netizen wrote.
“This is the future of our motherland, the hope of our motherland!” another agreed.
“Who says Chinese people are uncivilized?” another web user asked (rhetorically).
“It looks like Japan,” gasped another.
Still, a few netizens couldn’t help but be a bit skeptical at the authenticity of the pics:
“Were these taken before the concert or after the cleaners were done?” one skeptic wrote.
We will have to wait and see if this concert helps to alter stereotypes regarding Chinese people’s public untidiness, that is reinforced every national holiday with scenes of picturesque lakes turned into garbage dumps and beautiful beaches converted into landfills. Unfortunately, they also come only a couple of weeks after pictures went viral showing thousands of Chinese tourists trashing Shanghai Disneyland before it even opened.
But perhaps we really do stand at the dawn of a new era in Chinese civilization. That’d be nice.
[Images via NetEase]