The Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA opened its Beijing store in 1999. A decade later, the store sees plenty of traffic. Thousands of Beijing residents come through the doors every day. It’s just that they’re not actually buying much of anything. Los Angeles Times Beijing Correspondent David Pierson tells us why IKEA is the hang-out of choice for many a tired Beijinger.
Click here for David Pierson’s LA Times article.
Click here for more of David’s photos from the Beijing IKEA.
Click here for Chinese blogger He Peng’s photos.
And below is our World in Words podcast, which explores how the items in Ikea get their funky names:
So, have you ever gone to Ikea just to hang out? What did you do? Leave a comment below.