A "Let Reading Occupy the Subway" campaign waslaunched in Beijing.
At 7:00 am on Sunday morning, when most Beijingcommuters were enjoying a lie-in before anotherbusy week, around two dozen people waited quietlyat the city's busy Xizhimen station, carrying theirfavorite books.They took the train and began to readon their 30-minute-long trip.
Wang Chong, one of the people behind the flash mob that widely circulated online, said itspurpose was to call for people to read more books amid the decline of reading in China inrecent years.
Chinese people read an average 4.56 books, 65.03 newspapers and 6.07 magazines during2014, according to a survey.
"We named this performance art 'occupy the subway and read books' and we hope to inspirepeople to read books," Wang told the Global Times on Tuesday. "Many people seem to beoccupied by various entertainments nowadays, including TV shows or browsing gossip newson their phones."