Free Smile! Free Hug!

Heard a hilarious news on BBC as I was walking to the shuttle stop this morning.

“Only 9% of Chinese smile to strangers. According to a new survey conducted by Chinese media. That got Shanghai worried. The city is going to host the upcoming world class blahblahblah… The city hired X numbers of free smilers on the streets, to smile at strangers and to teach local residents how to smile to strangers. There was an similar effort by volunteers earlier this year in Beijing, they were offering free hugs to strangers on the street until the police detained them.”

I laughed out loud. That is the difference between China and France. Could you imagine the city of Paris to hire a bunch of volunteers to stand on Paris street corner and smile to strangers?