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Hard Beds in China

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Hard Beds in China

Post by MrMan » February 26th, 2017, 3:36 am

A potential employer flew me over to China once to interview me. The bed in the hotel was really hard, like plywood with a bit of material over it. If I had worked for them, they would have given my family an apartment. I saw a model apartment. It was hard like plywood with a bit of cloth over it. I made the mistake of punching the bed to see how it felt. Ouch. I think it was harder than the hotel bedroom. My American friend who worked at the organization I interviewed at said all the beds in China are hard like that.

I don't get the point of having a bed if it is just like laying on the floor, especially if you are not on the first floor where the moisture is.

In the hotel, I put down an extra blankets and the pillows from the other single bed and slept on that. I figured if I worked in China, I'd have to get a foam pad, maybe a memory foam pad like I'd had in the US before, for all the beds in the house. I hadn't looked at the online sites to see if I could get one.

How do you folks who've gone to China handle the bed issue?

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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by Cornfed » February 26th, 2017, 3:42 am

You get used to hard beds after a week or two.

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Post by zboy1 » February 27th, 2017, 3:40 am

You get used to it after a while. If you really can't stand hard beds then the best bet would be to sleep in Western based, 5 star hotel chain. Some of them have softer beds.

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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by MrMan » February 27th, 2017, 4:58 am

The hard bed doesn't make any sense. Why not just make a frame from 2x4s, nail plywood to it, and cover it with upholstery? That would get it up off the floor and pad it slightly. Why build a whole bed just to lay on a piece of wood? You could lean a bed like that against the wall or put it on a hinge and have it go up to provide more space, and it would make moving easier.

Sleeping in a hotel is not the only alternative. You can buy memory foam in China or go with other options.

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Post by xiongmao » March 3rd, 2017, 7:49 pm

Never had any problems, the worst place for beds was Germany as they prefer weird square pillows.

All towns in China have loads of those bed type stores anyway where you can buy mattresses, bamboo sheet toppers (cool in Summer) and stuff.
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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by Boxman » March 4th, 2017, 1:34 am

It must an Asian thing. I noticed this in India, too. Most mattresses are very hard. I started to get used to it after a few weeks but if my stay had been longer, I'd have bought one of those memory foam mattress toppers, which were widely available in stores.

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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by Rock » March 4th, 2017, 2:13 am

zboy1 wrote:You get used to it after a while. If you really can't stand hard beds then the best bet would be to sleep in Western based, 5 star hotel chain. Some of them have softer beds.
No need to go anything near 5 stars. The very budget friendly 7 Days Inn branches tend to have reasonably soft beds as I recall. And they are all over much of China.

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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by Winston » March 4th, 2017, 3:37 am

What part of china was this? Ive stayed in many nice budget hotels around 20 bucks in china and none of the beds were hard. They were very comfortable. You must have a strange employer or situation. Lol. Some chinese use hard beds so that they dont get lazy and oversleep and become idle. Lol. But thats old fashioned and out of date. Modern Chinese dont do that. Wouldnt it be rad to try to have sex on such a hard bed though? Lol
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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by DanielLee5 » December 23rd, 2017, 5:41 pm

A suitable mattress could solve the problem, I guess. A lot of people like firm ones, but I personally prefer medium firmness. Memory foam is considered the best on the market, here is a detailed review on top models of current year https://sleepissimple.com/best-memory-f ... s-reviews/ , all the items are available at Amazon. Chinese sleeping culture is very specific, hard beds are usual thing. I lived in China for about 2 months, I had to purchase a particular mattress for myself as it was a real hell sleeping according to their local conditions. But I also know from my own experience that sleeping on firm surfaces is useful and you won't feel any discomfort after a week or a two, it is not even a problem for a healthy organism.

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Re: Hard Beds in China

Post by Winston » December 26th, 2017, 4:00 am

The rational behind hard beds is so you don't sleep too long or get lazy and oversleep. Life is meant to be productive and you are supposed to be productive too. lol. They don't want you to be too comfortable I guess. Kind of sadistic. I think though that a bed that's too hard or too soft is not good, like most things, it's best to find a middle ground, not in extremes. Chinese really need to learn Chinese philosophy, which says that extremes are to be avoided and the middle way is best.
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