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Pyjama parties

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.

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