Funny: What does sunny day mean to Chinese college students? Time to give bedding a sunbath

February 22, 2011Jing GaoOne Comment, , , , , , , ,

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.

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Bushes: 80% full

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Basketball playground and balconies of dormitory

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I can’t see…

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Bicycle parking lot

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A bird's-eye view of the Riverside Track and Field Ground. That's really a grand sight...

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Can you think of anywhere else?

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Bushes on both sides of Riverside Ave.: full...

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Is this buddy making a formation?

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Let's go hand in hand...

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Where there is a tree, there will be us!

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Difficulty: high. How did he manage to go up there?

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The most innovative way to air bedding.

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Very cute quilt.

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Grandstand of the stadium (Jing’s note: fenced off.)

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Best way to enjoy the sunshine…

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There are still some seats left!…

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Quilts everywhere…

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Full…

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Fence of the Riverside Ground Track Field: full…

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This is the soccer goal.

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Why not just lay it on the ground?

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Quilts like to do exercises on the parallel bars too.

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The rock: “I feel cold…”

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Buddy, here is some space too!

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!

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This is another amazing way to air bedding.

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Full...

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This is how you air a pillow.

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Very interesting quilt (Jing: click on it to read English on the quilt cover.)

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Does this rabbit believe in Jesus too?

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Okay...You can even air your bedding like this...

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Full...

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Very ancient, very mysterious...

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Hanging like this should make it uncomfortable...

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"Don't block me! I don't want to live any more! I will kill myself in front of you!"

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1 comment to “Funny: What does sunny day mean to Chinese college students? Time to give bedding a sunbath”

  1. Cleo | February 23, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    This is counterintuitive. If a human being was left outside all day in these places, wouldn't you say that they needed a shower at the end of the day?

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