From Burkini to Facekini?

You probably heard of the recent burkini ban in France that has ignited controversy and debate all over the world. Especially in the case of a Muslim woman who was forced to remove her burkini by local police.

Source: metro.co.uk

Source: metro.co.uk

But have you heard of the Chinese facekini?

Walking down a beach in Qingdao might make you wonder why some of the people on the beach look as though they’re ready to rob a bank in style, but fear not! It’s just the Chinese trend of facekinis.

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Invented in 2007, by 60-year-old Zhang Shifan. The facekini is a stretchy mask that protects its wearer from the sun and other irritants while at the beach.

Source: mashable

Source: mashable

It might also be a mystery to you why you would need to wear such a thing or so much sun protection, but there has been a long-standing value for pale skin in China and other parts of Asia. A regular beachgoer in China would be sure to pack large umbrellas, layers of sunscreen and long sleeved clothing to make sure they’re protected from the sun.

Most popular in the popular beach town of Qingdao, you can spot locals sporting a variety of facekinis. Originally the facekini only covered the face, but now they are available in full body suits for the ultimate sun protection!

Source: CNN

Source: CNN

From solid color to oriental patterns to the recently released endangered animal variety, there’s a design out there for everyone!

Source: ChinaDaily

Source: ChinaDaily

Source:vrouwblog

Source: vrouwblog

What do you think of the facekini?

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Monica Guan

Monica Guan

Monica is a Canadian-Chinese travel blogger and marketer that has spent time in beijing, nanjing, guangzhou, shenzhen, hangzhou,and xitang, shanghai. When she isn't watching YouTube videos, you can find her writing or creating videos.
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