Life in China – Napping Outdoors
A powerful nap can make a difference in your day. Ask that to anyone who makes napping outdoors a habit, a routine in their daily lives. When an irresistible nap takes over, a head doesn’t consider a place to rest on–be it on a bench, a fence, a wall, a chair, a rail or a table. For few sleeping beauties, they’re all right with their head suspended on air! LOL…
Napping Outdoors is a phenomenon across China in summer. Once I traveled to Qufu, a hometown of Confucius, by train—and I was appalled that some railroad workers were actually sleeping right few meters from the rail tracks! They were so dead to the world they never realized a train was coming or passing near where their heads / feet were! My heart stopped at that sight.
Public parks are the usual ” temporary bedrooms” for these outdoor nappers. On the East side wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the benches are usually occupied by people whose urge to nap is overpowering. No matter how noisy this tourist destination is, these cat nappers look peaceful and comfortable lying on a flat or piece of concrete or wood. Some of them are drenched in their own sweat when the sweltering summer heat wave is on.
They can also be found in bus and train stations, sidewalks, outside subway stations, under the shades/trees and bridges or overpasses. And yes, some of them nap on a busy highway!
What do I know is that, most of these outdoor nappers are migrants looking for a job in the city. Others are homeless and some are locals who don’t have an air-condition in their homes (that’s why they settled to take a nap in green/shade spaces around the city).
Enjoy these city dwellers who love napping outdoors.
This Life in China Series – Napping Outdoors starts with me (pretending) sleeping in one of the benches outside the East gate of the Forbidden City.
I envy this guy. He’s on the best mobile bed ever. And sponsored by Coca Cola.
And this guy has no sponsor. But, look at that, his back is completely flat compared to the one with sponsorship! 😀
Life is so much better when a nap is shared together. One’s lap is a pillow and one’s head is a support.
But sometimes, the other half just refuses to be a pillow. She has better things to do other than watching him not to fall — and that is — to watch people go by while he’s hibernating.
And this man looks at and adores his wife like she’s his most-prized possession in the world. How romantic!
While these two are separated by a wee table between them, they may be dreaming of each other?
Some people sleep with others in a neat, single file, one bench north or south of each other.
This guy is damn right! It’s always good to succumb to your urge to nap than to ride a bike with a sleepy head.
There are those who sleep in the comfort of their wee van. With a hand fan.
A good friend is someone who promises to look after his catnapper-friends, their belongings and their business.
When the time is perfect and the place is cozy, you’ll all agree to take each a space and settle for a nap.
True friend shares his mat to the one in need. One outgrows his mat and refuses to throw it away. But, hey, they all have the same headrest.
Some of us read before we go to snoozeland. You can’t blame him. He finds purpose in news literature.
People-watching outside your gated compound can be boring. But it’s a better way to do as a pre-nap activity than reading, right?
Who says outdoor napping is only for the elderly? Young people do that, too!
In the park….
On the sidewalk…..
Under a shaded, square, concrete space—just enough to accomodate your upper body…..
In a cargo cart….
At the subway exit…..
Next to but a few inches from your bag and shoes…..
In a parking garage…..
At the bus stop…..
Or even in a middle of a garden…..
But no one can beat this guy—-napping with a roof and a leg up in the air!
Don’t you dare disturb them. As the saying goes, you can mess with a drunk guy but don’t mess with a catnapper!
Whoever said that, is a certified dozer!