Summer is here! With temperatures climbing above 30 degrees Celsius, people have begun swarming the beaches of Qingdao. One beach recorded 20,000 visitors, looking for a taste of that cool, refreshing ocean breeze and an escape from the recent heat wave, NetEase reports.
As well as the sun in general. Yet again, the beach is packed with swimmers sporting the infamous “face-kini,” which shields wearers’ bodies from head to toe, but especially the head.
While the swimsuit may look odd, many older women in Qingdao believe it is a necessity in order to protect their fair skin from the sun’s damaging rays, not to mention the the problematic swaths of green algae blooming on the water’s surface, People’s Daily reports.
Many netizens on Weibo have apparently grown accustomed to the sight of the “face-kinis,” commenting more on the crowds and the heat:
“Look at how dirty the beach is! I would prefer my bathroom to this public beach!” one wrote.
“You call 30 degrees Celsius hot? How about 40 degrees in Xi’an?” another chimed in.
Which makes sense because the “face-kini” has been a popular trend for quite some time now. Each summer, it returns again to shock the public. Though they don’t always have to be terrifying. Last year, one designer introduced a revamped version of the must-have swimwear for Chinese women over 45 years old:
And some models even tried to redefine the “face-kini’s” image by donning the ski-mask like garment and posing provocatively in some rice paddy fields.
Yeah, just go with it.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase / People’s Daily]