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闪玩: a Chinese word for “flash play”

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Have you ever heard of the Chinese word "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" (flash play)? "闪玩" is a Chinese buzzword for going on a trip where people find companions quickly through the Internet, and then use a fast form of transportation like an airplane to travel to another city together. 

你听说过"闪玩" (flash play)这个词吗?"闪玩"一词指的是人们通过网络快速找到同伴,然后通过飞机等快捷的交通工具一起到另一个城市去游玩。

 

A "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" is usually a one-day trip without staying overnight. Many net users call themselves "闪玩族 (shǎn wán zú)" (flash play clan or group) and if they get along well during the day, they sometimes continue to spend time together the next day, but then that is not considered to be "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" any more.

"闪玩"的时间通常只限一天,不能过夜。不少网友都号称自己是"闪玩族",如果"闪玩族"们在这一天中相处得好,第二天还可以一起游玩,但是那样的情况就不能再叫"闪玩"了。

 

In fact, the word "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" has already existed before it is used in an innovative way to describe a traveling style. People who are "闪玩族 (shǎn wán zú)" invite strangers to "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" in a strange place, hoping to remove the estrangement between people living in different cities. More and more "闪玩族 (shǎn wán zú)" emerge on the Internet, some of whom would organize group activities like skating, playing bowling, dancing, swimming or rock climbing.

"闪玩"一词实际上早已存在,而将其作为一种旅行方式的表述则属于对该词的创新用法。"闪玩族"们与陌生人相约到一个陌生的地方"闪玩",表示要以此在都市生活中的人情冷漠中去消除彼此之间的隔阂。"闪玩族"在网络不断涌现,他们有的还会每天都组织溜冰、保龄球、跳舞、游泳、攀岩等等。

 

"闪玩族 (shǎn wán zú)" generally fall into two main groups: those who like to travel and those who want to make friends or party with new people.

一般来说,"闪玩族"的来源主要有两种人:喜欢旅游的人,以及想要交友或者想跟很多人一起玩的人。

 

The reason why "闪玩 (shǎn wán)" is widely spread is that many white-collar workers in cities feel anxious and lonely under great work pressure. However, they can potentially relax by outings with strangers together.

"闪玩"之所以能兴起,是由于不少都市白领工作压力大,总是感到焦虑和孤独,而和陌生人一起外出游玩对他们有一定的安抚效果。

2016-06-21

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