Funny: What does sunny day mean to Chinese college students? Time to give bedding a sunbath
Jing: Chinese always have the tradition to air bedding in the sun (shaibeizi, 晒被子), as sunshine, with its ultraviolet rays, can kill the tiny bedbugs, mites and bacteria hidden in duvets, quilts, pillows and plush toys. They also like the warmth and fluffiness that the sun brings to their bedding. However, have you ever seen any mass movement of comparable level mustered like this one?
All pictures were taken on the campus of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology on February 20, 2010, the Sunday before the new semester begins. Photo captions were translated from the original ones on Renren. (Chinese copycat of Facebook; login required.)
However, I have to say, with China’s air pollution so rampant, basking bedding in the sun like this may attract quite a lot of dust and pollutants.
Comments from Sina Microblog:
hutings A familiar sight!
皮熙骏 I knew the most important thing at the start of a semester is basking bedding in the sun. But they did it with such daunting vibes…I can only worship them.
LeeYY128 Ai……Why not change its name to Nanjing Quilt University……
爱吃草的豆包 Why there is no such scene in foreign countries?! Unpopular?
无语之嘴 Why not (the sky) give some sunshine to Chongqing?
斓馨-咒 Our school is even crazier. Even if you get up at 6 a.m., there is still no spot for you. Just like grabbing parking lot.
Pan神的迷宫 Is this for real? …But I recall someone asked me three times to help her with bedding airing , then I believe this…
吼吼–Nancy蓉儿 The first thing to do after returning to school is airing bedding in the sun.
孔燕松孔瑶竹: The air is filled with smell of roast mites.
快乐的琦 I don’t want to air my bedding like that. How dirty!
我爱卡瓦格博 What a large scale! The students of this university are so of one mind.
曦云雅雯 It was so lucky that we had aisles and roofs back in our university.
住在萌萌星 I am laughing to death. Quilts are really important to college students!
大米兜 So awesome!! When will Wuhan have a sunny day?! I want to bask my bedding in the sun too!
liuyinges How can they tell whose is whose?
摩卡大白兔 = = (They) do need some sunbath. Guess (they) have already molded…
天边的云朵尔 What a bright and beautiful sight!
医生猫 I miss the campus life I once had!
布randy It’s risky to put them on something like grass and trees…There are worms!!!
洛可可时代的疯子 Haha, all kinds of places are taken. Campuses built from now on should develop places used exclusively for airing quilts!