Five things I have learnt about sleeping in China

1) You can sleep anywhere.

On your rickshaw, at your office desk, on a park bench, if Ikea just has beds lying around, why not test them out with a quick cat nap? A few weeks ago, I went to a karaoke place with some friends. It was a small room, a lot of very loud people screaming at the top of their lungs. About two hours in, when things were really reaching a crescendo of drunken wailing, a Chinese guy turns up (he was friends with someone else there), sits on the couch, minutes later, out like a light. Amazing.

Sleeping at karaoke.

Sleeping at karaoke.

2) Respect the sleeper.

In Australia, if you dozed off anywhere other than in the privacy of your own home people would either wake you up, or shave your eyebrows off. Dems the rules. Not so in China, where sleeping in the strangest of places is completely acceptable and you can nap in public with no concerns that someone is going to nick off with your wallet or draw a penis on your forehead. The other day I was speaking to a colleague at the office about a work related matter when she ushered me aside, “Oh, we should talk over here, he’s sleeping” she whispered, pointing to a guy fast asleep at his desk, head tilted back, mouth wide open, quietly snoring. Which brings me onto my next point…

Midday nap

Do Not Disturb.

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