A recent NY Times article, Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask (August 3, 2012), highlights China’s fear of the sun, or rather fear of a suntan. And yes, it’s true.
(Photo: Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times)
If you were to visit Hainan (the Hawaii of China) you’d find kilometers of beaches that would be barren in the daytime, except for the few determined Chinese tourists donning their matching Hawaiian shorts and top, black shoes, black socks and umbrellas. They’re there to take some glamour shots, but only for a few seconds before they melt from the heat. But the moment the sun starts to fall, the flood lights go on and the hoards are out to play.