Your Bad Behaviour on the Nanjing Metro? Learn the Etiquette!

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Your Bad Behaviour on the Nanjing Metro? Learn the Etiquette!

The Nanjing Metro is beloved by citizens, being fast and convenient, though it remains that many are still not aware how to use it correctly. Many a passenger complains about how they are annoyed by those who do not understand and/or respect metro etiquette. The Nanjinger reminds…

No Food or Drink

Eating and drinking on the Nanjing Metro has been forbidden since 2014, in order to help maintain a clean and pleasant environment for passengers. Oily food spilled on the floors or stairs can easily cause passengers to slip, while nobody likes the lingering smell of food that is not theirs. Not all are in favour; it is argued that exceptions should be made for sufferers of hypoglycemia or sunstroke, for example, while during the rush hour, the airless carriages do nothing to quench our thirst.

The Cattle Stampede

What’s the rush? There is quiet sufficient time for people to get on the train, and so it should hardly be necessary to fight our way through crowds intent on barging on before others have alighted. It has been commented that the two orderly lines of those waiting to board the train on either side of the doors look as if they are there to welcome that one person standing in the middle with their nose virtually pressed to the glass.

The Elderly, Weak, Sick, Disabled and Pregnant

The metro announcement clearly states (in Chinese only) that people should give up their seats for those in need. Indeed, it is quite common to see young people nowadays giving their seats to the elderly and children. However, there are those aged folk who take it for granted, rudely asking passenger to give up their seat for them. A famous story from a few years ago goes that one old lady without a seat simply sat down on a young person’s knee.

Embrace the Stairs; Shun the Right-Hand Side of the Escalator

In many countries, pedestrians stand on one side on the elevator to make room for others to pass. Nanjing previously advocated this system, until some technician pointed out that 95 percent of the city’s escalators were slanted to the right. The semi-official policy of the Nanjing Metro is not to come down on either side of the argument and instead, to encourage greater use of the stairs.

Wake up, Phubber!

Ever had the experience when walking towards the elevator, some phubber just accidentally stops right in front of you, blocking your way without no warning? In Shanghai, the problem is exacerbated to the extent that metro announcements warn people to not look at their phone to prevent accidents. Nanjing need pay heed.

“Bag on the Floor Makes Space for More”

The Nanjing Metro’s official Weibo account has posted a photo of a sign in a metro carriage in Singapore, stating, “Bag on the floor makes space for more”. Not only can the creative initiative make space for more people, it also can prevent pickpocketing.

Xinjiekou and Daxinggong are the busiest stations on the Nanjing metro network, and as a result, the most orderly. Herein, the normal stop time of 30 seconds has been increased to 55 seconds, in order to aid people transferring from other lines, although this time is variable, depending on the situation.

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Kristen Wang
A Nanjing local, Kristen studied Media and Public relations in Newcastle University (UK), has researched social media and online publishing and previously worked for different new media platforms. She is passionate about discovering new stories and helping expats involved in this city. 南京人Kristen毕业于纽卡斯尔大学,媒体与公共关系硕士学位。她的研究专注于社交媒体和网络发行,在不同的新媒体平台工作。她喜欢发现新鲜事,也希望帮助在南京的外国人融入这里的生活。