Stop cutting your damn nails!

Over the past week I’ve noticed something that seems to have gone viral here in Beijing. It’s something that’s not uncommon, but I only now seem to be seeing it everywhere I walk.

Nail clipping.

Seriously, what possesses people to cut their nails in public?

Last week, outside the Science and Technology museum, I sit outside to catch my breath after a long slug around the complex (it’s big) when some 40-something husband and wife sit opposite us and start taking out their nail clippers and cutting their nails. When I say nails, I don’t just mean finger nails, but also toes, too.

I must have seen this at least 20 times in the past week, I kid you not, and haven’t seen this intensity of nail clipping in Beijing before.

When you really think of the life of a finger or toe nail, the last thing you want is to have random people’s discarded nails flying around the place. It’s just dirty.

I really do like Beijing, but I’m glad to be getting a few weeks away from it soon.

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