Nanchang train station puts fence around “benches”, highlights national seat shortage

| August 31st, 2012

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Earlier in August, the Nanchang Train Station had trees planted surrounded by stone planters in the public square. Travelers took a seat on the stone surrounding the trees, but the train station administration responded by putting fences around the trees, preventing anyone from sitting.

Train stations are always crowded in China and rarely have enough seats to accommodate travelers, so many people were annoyed by the fences. Southern Weekly on August 2 published an op-ed  by Zuo Zhendong about the topic, arguing for more seats in public places:

China, “Please Sit!”

In polite speaking, I think “please sit” is the phrase that gives people the most material benefit. Other phrases like “hello,” “thank you,” and “sorry” just give lip service, but “please sit” gives a real benefit to the body, especially when traveling and waiting for a long time.

Recently, it was reported that in Nanchang Railway Station’s public square, fences were built around a set of “stone benches” in a green area, causing people to star at the seats in despair. The department in charge responded: Netizens’ and travelers’ so-called “stone benches” are actually planters to support trees. Some travelers used the planters to rest. “Aside from harming the tree’s environment, some people are also sleeping there, hurting Nanchang’s image as the provincial capital,” one person said.

The everyday people naively thought what was created for the tree’s benefit was for their own benefit. Now people finally know the truth: Those “stone benches” aren’t really benches. It was just when people began sitting on them that they began being used as benches.

During the Shanghai Expo, in order to rank “the most needed things,” one reporter asked citizens what they wanted. He discovered that what the visitors most wanted was seats. Has there ever been someone to ask travelers at the train station how strongly they desire a seat? In photos, there can be seen people who jumped the fence to sit down inside the green area, and there are others who content themselves with just leaning on the fence. So many people cannot enduring standing so long, so they just sit on the ground next to the fence. If people are tired, they must sit. What the people require is a seat, not a so-called green area.

The train station is the city’s public space. It attracts people from all over coming and going. It’s the city’s living room. As a city administrator, you aren’t just a public servant, you are also a host. How can you not say to the tourists and city folk traveling so far who enter your living room, “Please sit!”

So the Nanchang Railway Station management didn’t just make a mistake when they surrounded the area with fence. They made a mistake from the start. It’s obvious that the problem in the train station square is that there aren’t enough seats.

Perhaps the administrators thought, China’s population is too large. There is no way to provide enough seats. China lacking “please sit” is really a political and social culture. … It’s hard to understand how the administrators can build such large parks and squares but not include a few chairs. Searching on the internet, there are quite a few citizens calling for the parks and squares to have more seats.

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9 Comments | Leave a comment | Comment feed

  1. Bo Wang says:

    Overpopulated. Chinese people should migrate en masse to American midwest and Canadian north, lol.

  2. Cambodians says:

    Vaccines cause autism

  3. Pfft says:

    Instead of using the metal to build damn chairs, they build fences around the planters. nothing makes sense in china.

    • voiceofhomer says:

      We here put glass in the seats so nobody with a soft ass can sit on them.

      That means white ass westerners and mostly mega fat ass Amerikans.

  4. PowerBullTroll says:

    I ahve a solution, Western world like to complain about China why don´t we let all migrants worker live in Western world while the richer people live in China?

    Perfect solution! Let´s take over USA! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    Fuckusa.com

  5. IKEA_dude says:

    They should all go to IKEA – sit and sleep to their hearts content

  6. voiceofhomer says:

    A French fashion designer has been under fire in China for saying that Chinese holidaymakers will not be welcome at a luxury hotel he plans to open in Paris.

    Thierry Gillier, founder of label Zadig and Voltaire, told the magazine Women’s Wear Daily that his hotel “won’t be open to Chinese tourists”.
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    Chinese are not welcome anywhere in the world and it is becoming fashionable for westerners to say so in public, on TV, in the media and in the press.

    China needs to get strong and be like the Japanese, just smile and don’t look at them low life scums in the eyes.

  7. Angelus88 says:

    Yes and pretty much live in terror and starve or die=p

  8. Angelus88 says:

    serious question aye? U genuinely think the people in DPRK are like the happiest in the world?

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