Planet China

Pyjama parties

Shanghai has garnered an international reputation as one of the world’s most stylish cities. However, the city worries its image is being damaged by some of its citizens’ sartorial preference for nightwear. Indeed, Rixin neighbourhood committee (in the city’s northeast) has begun a campaign to ban the wearing of pyjamas in the street. Problematically for the city’s style-police, pyjama-clad folk are commonly seen strolling outside, particularly retirees.

The China Youth Daily quotes community official, Guo Xilin as saying it looks uncivilized, and is a public embarrassment to the city. He even goes so far as to label it “visual pollution”. Only time will tell whether Shanghai can succeed in eradicating its pyjama problem.


© ChinTell Ltd. All rights reserved.

Exclusively sponsored by HSBC.

The Week in China website and the weekly magazine publications are owned and maintained by ChinTell Limited, Hong Kong. Neither HSBC nor any member of the HSBC group of companies ("HSBC") endorses the contents and/or is involved in selecting, creating or editing the contents of the Week in China website or the Week in China magazine. The views expressed in these publications are solely the views of ChinTell Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views or investment ideas of HSBC. No responsibility will therefore be assumed by HSBC for the contents of these publications or for the errors or omissions therein.