China’s pyjamas police fight Shanghai’s daytime love of nightwear

The neighbourhood committee – a volunteer outpost of the Communist Party – in the city’s north-eastern district of Rixin has decided that wearing pyjamas in the street should be discouraged.

“We’re telling people not to wear pyjamas in the street because it looks very uncivilised,” Guo Xilin, a local official, was quoted in local media as saying.

In contrast to their leaders’ formal appearance at official functions, China boasts some of the most laid-back dressers in the world.

Partly as a result of living at close quarters in city alleyways, especially since Chairman Mao flooded the rich suburbs with the rural poor, privacy is at a premium and inhibitions are loosened.

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