Destinations – Beijing – Subway seats

traveling with my Elderly Traveller beijing subway

 

Do not expect men to give up their seats for anyone.
traveling with my Elderly Traveller beijing subway
Even though there are signposted designated seats for the elderly, infirm or pregnant, the men in Beijing don’t seem to care.

When we got on there was not a spare seat but we saw the designated seats sign.traveling with my Elderly Traveller beijing subway priorty seating
Mum stood in front of one of the men sitting in the designated seat reading his paper, tapped his knee and pointed to the sign. He looked at it, looked at her and looked away. So she tapped again and pointed.  He mumbled something at the man next to him, they both laughed and ignored her. So mum  stood right in front of him, in his personal space (if there is such a thing in China) and started tapping his knee saying excuse me over and over very loudly . She was getting annoyed.
After a few minutes of this the man got up.

Finally !  We thought, some respect, nope it was his station.

The ladies on the train were laughing, one spoke reasonable English and said basically the men will not give up their seats even for their own mothers.

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