Don’t be fooled: “Public transport” refers to shared transport systems that the general public are free to use, not transport systems where passengers are free to make public displays of affection. Recently, however, a quite literal handful of couples on Beijing’s subway system seem to have gotten the two confused.
Last week, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet were photographed after taking a moment of rest together on the subway, causing “a scene inside a carriage on Line 4,” according to the user who uploaded the picture to Weibo. The image went viral before being promptly removed from the website; below is a cached copy.
However, that wasn’t the end of this week’s PDA dramas. A video uploaded yesterday to Weibo’s ‘The Beijing stuff Beijingers don’t know about’ parody account has already racked up more than 10 million views and shows a couple killing time whilst waiting for their train to arrive.
“There were children on the platform,” the uploader commented, “couldn’t they go home before grabbing each other?” Another Weibo user, ZhangCh, agreed, adding that the “two of them are both disgusting; the subway isn’t their home…”
Others saw the funny side of the video. No Money Dead End quipped that the man “must have been looking for his subway card,” while Zhao Pengfei laughed that it looked as if he was “pulling toilet paper out.”
Nevertheless, these public displays of affection are inadvisable. Instead, passengers should, as PA systems announce every few minutes, “ride the subway in a civilized manner.”
Cover image from Weibo.