While that's nifty and all, there's an even stranger IKEA phenomenon: Chinese people love to go there, not to shop, but simply to hang around!
David Pierson of the LA Times has the intriguing story: Link - via Look At This
With no plans one Saturday, Zhang Xin told his wife, son and mother to wear something smart and hop into the family sedan. He could have taken them to the Forbidden City or the Great Wall, but he decided on another popular destination -- IKEA.
Riding an escalator past a man lying on a display bed with a book opened on his belly, the clan sauntered into the crush of visitors squeezing onto the showroom path, bumping elbows and nicking ankles with their yellow shopping trolleys.
Zhang said the family needed a respite from the smog and a reliable lunch.
"We just came here for fun," said the 34-year-old office manager. "I suppose we could have gone somewhere else, but it wouldn't have been a complete experience."
Welcome to IKEA Beijing, where the atmosphere is more theme park than store.