No More 'Beijing Bikinis'? Jinan Cracks Down on Sweaty Bellies

By Austin Coley, July 4, 2019

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The notorious ‘Beijing Bikini,’ known as the ultimate method for men in China to beat the summer heat, is under fire from authorities in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province. The trend, whereby men roll their shirts above their stomachs, is being targeted as a part of a “civilizing campaign” to improve Jinan’s overall image.

Although exposed bellies have been in decline recently, many citizens are still dissatisfied with the way the behavior reflects on the city. Other issues being targeted in this new campaign include walking barefoot, bathing in public bodies of water, spitting in public and cutting in line. Offenders will face verbal warnings or public shaming.

Notably, Jinan isn’t the only place cracking down on uncouth behaviors. Tianjin issued regulations earlier this year for behavior like horn honking, screaming in public and, of course, being shirtless. However, folks disobeying these rules in Tianjin can face a fine up to RMB200.

On Weibo, netizens brought up valid points for both sides of the argument. One concerned user stated that being shirtless is one of the ways elderly men stay cool, as they are hesitant to use air conditioning and prefer to cool off outside. Other users welcomed the new guidelines and suggested they be used nationwide. 

Keen to get your Beijing Bikini on this summer? Learn from the masters below: 

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