The month of June brings along the real taste of summers in China, with the average temperatures rising above 30°C. Beijing bikini, which has now become a common outfit for the males in the Chinese societies, came into place due to the hot
weather. The style being very common in the country has earned its nickname, during the time when the local authorities have started taking steps to boycott this practice.
A Beijing bikini man is referred to a person, who wears his T-shirts up above his belly to cool it down during the summers. The sight of the middle-aged Chinese men relaxing in public places with their shirts rolled up, exposing their stomach or going topless is very common throughout China.
However, the style has offended the Chinese local authorities who have imposed a ban on it, calling it an absurd form of dressing.
A few months ago, the prosecutors fined a man for $7, while he was shopping shirtless in a supermarket in Tianjin. This northeastern Chinese city officially introduced the ban on going topless earlier this year. Another Northern Chinese province near Beijing has apparently followed the similar pattern, to prohibit the men’s practice of going topless. They have even launched an educational film in its context.
The Beijing bikini lovers saw another ban in China’s eastern Shandong province capital city on Tuesday, wherein the local authorities issued a notice, which was a strict order for its 8.7 million residents to keep their shirts on in public places. Considering the 36°C temperature, the news seemed to be a torture for the locals.
With the Beijing bikini ban, the Jinan authorities aim at largely improving the damaging image of the city. They planned to restrain people with improper dressing, away from the public places, which the citizens often complained as an “uncivilized behavior”.
Other than shirtlessness and unwanted exposure of the body parts, the local authorities also kept a close watch over “public bickering, jumping queues, littering” and “uncivilized dog walking” that generally becomes a medium for undermining the city’s image.
The ban on Beijing bikini attracted criticism from people over social media, who considered it as an unfair move by the authorities in the humid summers. Viewing it as unreasonable, one person said, “Being shirtless cuts more carbon emissions than turning on AC”. Another one said, “Let the old people be free.”
While the officials saw the regulations to be fair enough, the public seemed to be restless with the introduced measure. The offenders will have to face verbal warnings or public shaming, including fines.