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"Love on 3rd Ring Road" blind date bus appears in Beijing

Recently, a free regular bus providing blind dating opportunities for singles called "Love on 3rd Ring Road" appeared in Beijing.

The reporter has found the information about "Love on 3rd Ring Road" on a group-buying Web site. The initiator said that the regular bus will run one time around the 3rd Ring Road every evening at the traffic peak. The passengers should book the trip via telephones. After the information was first posted, more than 100 netizens applied for it.

The passenger should also follow certain rules on the bus. For example, two females should not be sitting together. The passengers hold a small board printed "O" or "x" to show their impression to other people. Males are obligated to change their seat every seven minutes.

The initiator Miss Gong said that her original notion for this regular bus is to provide a relaxed space to the white collar workers who are always busy during day times, especially to those who have little social communications with others.

However, the number of onlookers is much more than the participants. The number of passenger is even less than ten sometimes. According to the manager Mr. Zhang, most people have little confidence in this kind of free experiencing activity.

The operating fee for the regular bus is about 10,000 yuan per month. The initiating Web site will cover the cost.

"The regular bus does not have plan to charge now. It will go on and on for free," said Mr. Zhang.

By People's Daily Online

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“爱在三环”交友班车现身北京 单身男女免费乘坐

近日,一辆名为“爱在三环”的交友班车出现在北京晚高峰的三环路上,单身男女可以免费乘坐。

记者在某团购网上发现,有网友推出了“爱在三环”免费交友班车,声称“下班不挤车,上车交朋友”。从周一到周五,每天下午会有一辆班车绕着三环开一圈,希望乘客可以电话预约。帖子一推出,就有近百位网友报名。

不过,想坐这趟免费车还有规矩:两位女士不能坐在一起;乘客的手里会有小牌,用“○”和“×”来表示是否愿意与对方坐在一起;每隔7分钟男士需强制换一次座位。

交友班车的创意人龚女士表示,她的本意是想给都市忙碌的上班族,特别是人际交往面很窄的白领一个放松的空间。在不耽误回家时间的情况下,能多交朋友。

不过,最近这些天班车开通以来,“围观”的网友多,真正体验的比较少,每天的乘客经常不足两位数。负责人张先生分析说,目前大家对这种免费体验活动还不是很信任。

据介绍,该班车每月运营的费用约一万元,由活动的发起网站承担。张先生说,班车尚无收费计划,将一直开下去。