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Chinese City Bans ‘Beijing Bikini,’ Calling It ‘Uncivilized’

China News
by Eben Diskin Jul 9, 2019

If you’ve ever wished that there was a law in place to stop middle-aged men from baring too much skin in public, it might be time to move to China.

The “Beijing bikini,” the cute name given to the phenomenon where men roll their T-shirts up above their stomachs on hot days to get a little more comfortable, is now considered crass, reported CNN. Jinan, a city in China’s Shandong province, has just issued a notice ordering the public to keep their shirts on in public places.

This week, temperatures in China are hovering between 82 and 97 degrees, with humidity as high as 90 percent, but Jinan doesn’t care. The sight of middle-aged men exposing their stomach in public places — or in some cases, going completely topless — is all too common, and the city has had enough. According to the notice, many citizens have complained about the “uncivilized phenomenon,” and expressed concern that it was damaging the city’s image.

Now, authorities will have less tolerance for improper dressing in public places, which includes “shirtlessness” and “wanton exposure of body parts.” The notice also cites public bickering, littering, spitting, and jumping queues as other areas to be addressed.

Jinan is following the example of other Chinese cities, like Tianjin, which banned toplessness earlier this year. In May, a man in Tianjin was actually fined for entering a supermarket while shirtless.

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