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Under the scorching sun
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Ski masks become sea masks in Qingdao 

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While not as attractive as the sexy swimsuits from which it takes its portmanteau – quite the opposite, arguably – the "facekini" is intended to preserve women' good looks. more
Under the scorching sun
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Complexion complex 

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Women chase secrets for lighter skin

Why do Westerners risk skin disease for tans, while Chinese swim with balaclavas, trousers and long-sleeved shirts? It's because of different associations between tone and wealth.

A light complexion is powerful enough to hide seven faults.

This belief has long been chief among Chinese aesthetic values when it comes to judging appearances.

It's no wonder then that sunlight would become a glaring threat. more

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Just as tall men are universally considered more attractive, there is an all-out obsession with lighter-colored skin among women in China. That breeds a strict, essential, daily anti-UV skincare procedure in the summer, if not year-round, for urban ladies. more

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Making umbrellas manly is simple:

Cast a chivalrous shadow 

Women's faces are often found in the shade cast by the umbrellas they carry on China's sunny days.

But it's rare to find Chinese men blocking UV rays with one.

I've only used parasols for staying dry during downpours and just deal with sweltering climates I encounter.

But I recently considered joining the few male "sunbrella" bearers during my time in Fujian province's capital Fuzhou, known as "China’s No 1 furnace". more

All about sun umbrellas

On taobao.com, the country's largest shopping bazaar, prices of umbrellas tagged "anti-ultraviolet-rays" range from 30 to 300 yuan. The most popular ones cost between 30 to 50 yuan each; the website can sell up to 36,000 umbrellas within 30 days.

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Under the scorching sun

Under the scorching sun

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 Watch how they are doing in summer day

Chen Dongdong carefully removed an ice sculpture in the shape of a large wine bottle from the freezer to a van.

He covered it in thick blankets to keep it from melting or chipping. Chen, 37, has been working in one of the biggest ice-making plant in Beijing for six years.

Temperatures in Beijing rise to 36 C in summer when the plant enters its busiest season. This may seem the perfect job to chill out in the hot summer but their demanding work means they have little time to cool down.

As the demand for ice goes up, Chen and his colleagues work in shifts to keep the plant running 24 hours a day. Ice produced there is mainly used to keep vegetables and seafood fresh and provide decorative ice sculptures.  [>>>more]


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