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Return of the Sleeping Chinese!

June 3, 2010

If there’s one thing I have always loved about China, it’s sleeping Chinese. If there’s one thing the Chinese absolutely excel at, it’s sleeping. Anytime; anyplace; if it has a reasonably flat surface; – ok check that – any surface at all, is suitable for a midday kip. In fact, all Chinese work places don’t simply allow break time for eating, but also factors in having a nap. It is quite common for Chinese workers to have approximately two hours break per day, where they may be working longer hours than most western staff members; it factors in having a brief nap.

Shanghai Scrap has reported on this taking place at Expo, where a long boulevard of sheltered double-benches has proven a perfectly suitable sleeping environment for the weary Chinese. It always cracks me up when they not only curl up in a public place for a rest, but take their shoes off – one must air out those socks!

We came across so many Sleeping Chinese(tm) while in China. I often envy their ability to sleep; particularly while on sleeper trains. I suspect most Chinese could even sleep while being hung upside down, as the bumpy, often noisy trains didn’t faze them in the least; their deep restful snores often keeping me more awake than the train itself!

I have one particularly fond memory of our driver, waiting for us while we had our medical exams for entry visas. As we returned to the car, he was out like a light in the front seat, his two socked feet poking out of the window.

If you’re interested in seeing photos of Sleeping Chinese; and let’s face it, who isn’t, go check out Sleeping Chinese, which is an entire archive of them! Failing that, there are 36 of them at Shanghai Scrap – and that’s just from one afternoon!

Sleeping Chinese!

January 7, 2009

I stumbled upon this site which is basically exactly what the title says, a collection of photographs of sleeping chinese. Anyone who has been to China will have undoubtedly have come across tons and tons of sleeping Chinese. Every day there seems to be some sort of unspoken fiesta as they eat then take a kip. They can seemingly sleep through anything and ON anything. I have seen so many Chinese guys asleep at the most awkward of angles it’s just plain ridiculous.

We travelled quite extensively via sleeper trains and each and every time barely got any sleep. Not so for our Chinese companions! We got to enjoy their snores right through to the early hours. In fact you could probably toss a Chinese person into  a cement mixer and they’d still somehow sleep.

I still crack up at the memory of us returning to the car after visiting a medical clinic, and the school driver who had driven us there was out like a light, his socked feet sticking out of the car window.

Here’s some shots of our own, we couldn’t get enough of it!

Sidewalk nap anyone?

Sidewalk nap anyone? Taken in Shanghai.

I love this - he's carefully removed his shoes, opened the doors to the empty bus cargo hold and it's time to catch some zzz's. This was taken at Tiger Leaping Gorge.

I love this - he's carefully removed his shoes, opened the doors to the empty bus cargo hold and it's time to catch some zzz's. Taken at Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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