Crabs Run Amok in the Shanghai Subway System

23 Oct 2007

I had a great “only in China” moment this morning that had me chuckling. On my commute to work something smelled fishy (quite literally) ahead of me, and as soon as I saw the scene I realized what had happened.

blue crabs

by Aapplemint on Flickr

Apparently a woman was carrying a basket of live crabs on the subway, and on the transfer from Line 2 to Line 1 in People’s Square Station, she dropped her cargo. The basket ripped open, and three large blue crabs (about the size of an American football each) fled from their prison, scuttling off in three different directions. Despite clearly being somewhat afraid of the crabs, the woman was desperately trying to collect her precious cargo (I’m not being sarcastic here; the Chinese really love their crab, and these were some pretty big crabs). As busy commuters passed by, they couldn’t help but linger for a few seconds and smile at the comical scene.

Sadly, none of us helped her out, and none of us snapped a picture.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. I finally got around to fixing the error that you’ve been getting lately when you leave a comment. Whoo-hoo!

  2. If I had been that woman, that would have made me…..crabby.

  3. if someone who’s good at catching crabs happened at the scene,he must have given his hand.you know, most of us are afraid of crab for its two large and pincerlike legs!!!

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