One of the most contrasting cultural differences between Westerners and the Chinese is the preferred skin colour. Many Westerners like to have a tan to show they are affluent enough to take holidays in the sun, while most Chinese (women, at least) go to great lengths to keep their skin as fair as possible to show that they are affluent enough not to be working outside in the sun! Usually this takes the form of a hat or sun-visor. Whitening face cream is also popular. But recently tourists at Chinese beaches have been seen wearing these "face-kinis", a bizarre whole-head covering that allows them to swim and enjoy the warmth without risking their faces turning brown in any way. It reminds me some of the wrestlers on the old Saturday afternoon wrestling show in the UK!
Paul (the other one)
21/8/2014 03:49:25 am
I've seen people with white rings round their eyes where they've left their glasses on, will these people have dark ring where the sun has got through the eye holes?
24/8/2014 08:13:35 pm
well as my nose is always the bit that gets burnt they would be no good for me as i see the nose is left free to see the sun!!!!
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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