Daily Drip

You Can Now Rent Mid-Taxi Massages for Ten Cents a Minute


You wake up, hungover, thirty minutes late to work. Your phone’s at 5% battery, so you plug it into your shared power bank. In your death-like state, you don’t have the energy to make your usual shared bicycle commute to your shared office — you decide to call a shared car. But the newest incarnation of sharing is coming to ease your throbbing, dehydrated bones: in-ride shared massage pads, now available for less than ten cents a minute.


Ingenious. This state-of-the-art addition to the now wildly colorful shared economy comes from massage and health product manufacturer 9 O’Clock Break. Once you’re in the car, the massage pad will address you verbally, announcing an incoming one-minute free trial massage. It features inflating airbags, a charging port for your phone, and massage rollers for neck, back, waist, and buttocks. After your minute is over, you have the option to scan a QR code for further kneading. And at the price of 3 RMB (about 50 cents) for five minutes, you just might choose to make that purchase.

A pilot batch of eighty massage pads has been rolled out for testing in shared cars throughout the northern city of Shijiazhuang. 9 O’Clock Break intends to eventually blanket the city’s cars in their unique mobile massage units, and man, we are definitely rooting for them.

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Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a US-based writer, producer, multimedia artist, and former associate editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school to train at the Shaolin Temple but now uses it to interview rappers. He blogs about China and Asia on Instagram: @this.is.adan

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