You have to be mad to want to go to Ikea at the weekend as the place is always packed. But I really needed to pick up some bits and pieces so I left Canthy at home. Even if you know what you want you still have to go around the whole store to get it. Ikea occupies a unique place in China’s retail space, as families often go their for a day out. The restaurant seats several hundred people and is always full so it hard to get a table. But the funniest thing is seeing people hanging out in Ikea reading books, playing games or even sleeping on the chairs and sofas. I know shopping at Ikea can be tiring, but in China it is taken to another level as people try out the sofa to sleep on.
(Blog posted by rayallychina.com on March 17, 2011 by Ray. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)
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