Guangzhou subway says to ban no pants subway ride

08:52, January 20, 2010      

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Eighteen netizens take the metro subway trains in their underwear to promote low-carbon life before Guangzhou Asian Games in Guangzhou city of south China's Guangdong province on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. (The Information Times Photo)

South China's Guangzhou Subway Company says it will take measures to ban any form of "no pants subway ride" in future.

"The public can't accept the act of removing pants inside subway cars, and the act will frighten some passengers, so we will forbid any such act from now on," An official of Guangzhou Subway Company told the Information Times.

According to the report, early on Sunday eighteen netizens gathered in a Guangzhou subway line two station and took the metro subway trains in their underwear to promote low-carbon activities before the Guangzhou Asian Games.

"The adult people calmly removed their pants beside my little daughter and I had to quickly cover her eyes. How rude is that?" a mother passenger said in a complaint to Guangzhou Subway Company, while the company said that they hadn't witnessed the incident and had been unable to stop the eighteen netizens in time.

Meanwhile, some netizens say the act is just a copy of other countries' annual "no pants subway rides" which are organized by Improve Everywhere, a group said to have a mission to promote "scenes of chaos and joy in public places".

"The move was not creative and there is no relationship between removing pants and environmental protection," one netizen said in an online post.

Furthermore, some netizens thought it was merely commercial hype.

Liang Shuxin, the organizer of the "no pants subway ride" in Guangzhou, admitted that their move was inspired by "no pants subway rides" in other countries.

"They (Improve Everywhere) have organized nine "no pants subway rides" and they have attracted more and more participants. Our act is just for entertainment. In addition, we also added factors of environmental protection and the Asian Games, so we are not just copying," Liang told the Information Times.

Liang added the act was clearly a success since it had aroused such a big reaction in China and he wished to hold another event next year.

The report also noted that a pair of 400-gram trousers will consume 200 kilowatts per hour of energy in washing and drying, amounting to the emission of 47 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

Source: CRI online

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