Hard beds and their cultural implications?
The most significant downside of the house we rented last week: The beds had no mattresses - there was just a slightly thicker blanked on top of a piece of wood. I learned that this is the traditionally preferred Chinese style. The harder, the better.
Each morning all my bones ached. I wonder whether a long term application would lead to body deformation. Or is maybe even the opposite true and this helps keeping a streight back? And if this is indeed the traditional sleeping furniture - how did the Chinese population ever grow to such numbers?
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