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14 sights you see on the Shanghai metro

Because commuting in Shanghai has got its own unique flavour

There are more than 24 million people living in Shanghai. And more often than not it feels like they're all trying to get a seat on the metro at the same time as you. Below we present 14 common sights you'll probably see during your commute at some point or other.


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1. The race to get on the escalators

Everyone swarms around at bottom, conveniently ignoring the fact that there's a set of stairs right next to it.


2. How many people can you fit on one bench?

A riddle that is challenged daily by Shanghai's plucky commuters. We've spotted ten once.


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3. EVERYONE WATCHING STUFF ON THEIR PHONES ALL THE TIME

Who needs box sets on the sofa when you can get viewings on a pocket-sized screen in on your commute? Modern life, etc.


4. EVERYONE WATCHING STUFF ON THEIR PHONES... WITHOUT HEADPHONES

Because, like, why bother with headphones anyway? It's much better that everyone around you gets to listen to your shit soap opera/irritating computer game.


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5. The ayi seat scrum

The train pulls up. The ayis waiting on the platform look at one another shiftily out of the corners of their eyes. When the doors open, all hell breaks loose: they rush for the empty seats like they're playing in a vicious, ongoing league of musical chairs. It's an ugly business, and you'd be best off staying out of it.


6. That man screaming down his phone

Seriously, mate. We're sure the person on the other end can hear you, because the entire bloody metro carriage can too.


7. People trimming their toenails

COME ON!


8. The umbrella sellers

These guys know when it's going to rain before anyone else does. And then they magically appear.



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9. The sleeping security check guard

Shanghai is a city of nappers, but hats off to the guys who manage to simultaneously catch zzzzzs while protecting the population from terrorists.


10. Sleeping people in general

Aren't you going to miss your stop, love?


11. People managing to sleep in spite of the children behaving awfully nearby

The doting of soft-hearted grandparents has resulted in a generation of demonic youngsters who treat the metro carriage like a playground.


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12. The weird stuff they show on the screens sometimes

To be fair, we rather enjoyed the Didier Drogba goal compilation we watched on our way home from the office


13. The completely WTF music they sometimes play

Occasionally we catch them blasting out obscure indie music over the tannoy system. They quite often play 'Song For Zula' by Phosphorescent in Jingan Temple. Seriously, what's that about?


14. The real estate flyer guys

Once a week, you'll be standing there minding your own business, and suddenly, there's a pair of teenagers sprinting down the centre of the carriage, flinging metro map fliers at people whether they want them or not.



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