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No, we're not going to rob a bank... we're just off to the beach! Chinese women wear nylon face masks to keep off blazing sun
You could be forgiven for thinking this was a hold up.
But these masked-wearers aren't robbers raiding a bank - they're middle-aged women at the beach and, at least in China, they've come suitably attired.
The beach-goers in Qingdao, in China's north-eastern Shandong province, are donning these slightly scary nylon masks to protect themselves when they take to the sand.
The mask, which was invented by a local around seven years ago, is used to block the sun's harmful rays so wearers don't have to apply sun tan lotion.
It is now under mass production and is on sale at swimwear stores along Shandong province's East China Sea coast.
The sea port city of Qingdao is famous for its beaches, which are noted for their clear water, mild waves and soft sand.
The beautiful scenery and their European feel are also compared to Hawaii, Bali or Samet Island in Thailand.
1、Tracey , Australia, 7/7/2012 10:13
How odd, they want to protect their faces from the sun but don't mind harming the rest of the body. Only in China, I guess.
2、Duncan W, Samui, Thailand, 7/7/2012 10:29
It is the same here. Many of the labourers wear big thick woollen balaclavas to keep the sun off them.They hate the sun. They also swim mostly in a T shirt and shorts very rarely a bikini.
3、davewatto, Perth Australia, 7/7/2012 10:36
The reason Chinese protect their faces from the sun is that a tanned complexion is synonymous with the peasant classes who work outdoors all day and they have no wish to be associated with the peasant class.
4、- MR TRUTH , I'm under your bed......go and look now ! ^oo^, 7/7/2012 10:46
Very fetching, reminds me of Texas Chainsaw Massacre ! Hope there's not many kids on that beach ! ^oo^
5、Expat, Beijing China , 7/7/2012 11:05
How odd, they want to protect their faces from the sun but don't mind harming the rest of the body. Only in China, I guess. - Tracey , Australia, 07/7/2012 03:13 How ignorant idiot you are ! You know nothing about China and certainly nothing about world either! No money to travel? Then get some books if you can read!
6、Robert, Atlanta USA, 7/7/2012 11:13
Nice..wrinkle free skin but cataracts from no shades.
7、deb, bloomington, america, 7/7/2012 11:30
OMGoodness, hats the wierdest thing I ever saw!
8、Lola, LalaLand, 7/7/2012 11:36
A bottle of sunblock is too complicated for them ?
9、Kate, Manchester, 7/7/2012 12:11
Very spooky looking, and rather odd as they don't seem to mind exposing the rest of their bodies to the sun. I think a good sun block and a large hat would be just as as effective, and far less scary.
10、David St Mary, Alamon City, Texas, USA, 7/7/2012 12:34
Just like England's own 'peasant princess' (actually Duchess of Cambridge), these people aren't far from their peasant roots & go to absurd measures to cling to what they believe to be an aristocratic facade. Quite pathetic & ridiculous.
11、Lorraine Sherliker, Auckland, New Zealand - Brit Ex Pat, 7/7/2012 12:35
you want to see the lengths they go to to hide from the sun here! barking mad!
12、Deana, London, 7/7/2012 12:40
And we thought the swim cap was bad....
13、completely average, somewhere, 7/7/2012 12:58
If you think that's strange then take a look at any group of prandom pictures of Japanese people in the streets of Tokyo, and take note how many are wearing surgical masks. Many will even wear them inside their own home.
14、Geoff, Norwich, 7/7/2012 13:07
Ha ha as if ....nothing to do with they are pig ugly then..?
15、Kate, London, 7/7/2012 13:07
Bonkers!! We have just had many laughs at the Chinese on our holiday. They all somehow manage to seem gormless. Lol.
16、Evelyn, Melbourne Australia, 7/7/2012 14:00
All the comments are thoughtless. Our Chinese skin is totally different from white skin - pigmentation due to the sun is an alarming issue. Even Laser treatment does not work on Chinese skin because of the molecular structure of our skin. So why laugh at us when we want to enjoy the sun and try to prevent the side effects of it on our skin. If you get dark patches on your face when you are exposed to the sun - you will do the same!
17、DrMallard, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 7/7/2012 14:06
There's method to this madness. Think of it as a try at disaster prevention. After all, looking like that they might just scare off the typhoons!
18、Jenny, Cool in the shade, 7/7/2012 14:13
Smart. The sun is vile... I will never understand why anyone likes to be in it. Bad for your skin, ages you, makes you squint and hurts your eyes, and makes everything look glaring and overexposed and stark.
19、Evelyn, Melbourne Australia, 7/7/2012 14:21
By the way, have you ever compared how the chinese ladies who take such precaution look at 50 compared to those who sun tan? Who is laughing then? Also is melanoma a foriegn word?
20、Lee, Vancouver, 7/7/2012 14:23
Actually the masks improve their looks.
21、Nikki, Boise, USA, 7/7/2012 14:27
completely average, somewhere -- The Japanese people wear surgical masks whenever they get sick. It is considered only civilized and courteous to keep your germs to yourself and avoid spreading them around to others. It is considered extremely irresponsible, rude and anti-social not to wear a mask if you are sick. It's a smart and simple thing to do to minimize the transmission of illness in society, while still allowing the sick individual to get out and do whatever is necessary for them to do.
22、somepeople!, uk, 7/7/2012 14:35
FANTASTIC - can someone ship some over to the TOWIE lot before their next trip to Marbs???
23、TOOTSIE, EASTBOURNE, 7/7/2012 14:43
If they do catch the sun on the exposed bits on the face it going to look funny when they take the mask off
24、James, Deal, UK, 7/7/2012 14:47
...Or they could just wear a hat!
25、Lisa, Los Angeles, 7/7/2012 14:50
LOL. Those ladies are 60 years old. I'm a Chinese. I knew their age. The younger Chinese women don't go to the beach often, especially office ladies.
26、Keiko in T.O., Ontario, 7/7/2012 14:54
Well, they do look awful, but these ladies are on the right track. I enjoy the water by wearing a oversized, tightly-woven cotton T and a wide-brimmed straw hat. That does the trick for me. I dislike applying sunblock over and over, so I cover up and always make sure I am facing away from the sun.
27、Magnus, Kirkwall, Orkney, 7/7/2012 14:59
They're not masks!....zombie apocaplypse
28、An American in Wales...., By the River with the Sheep , 7/7/2012 15:06
Ahhhh... Mexican wrestling... it's all the rage these days....
29、Juan Leiner, Hinckley Leics., 7/7/2012 15:15
There is a magnificent brewery in Qingdao. I will have some of that but will not go into the water there as it has high levels of mercury, and we were advised never to eat locally caught fish. Chinese people are not beach people as can be seen from the virtually empty beach on a very hot day. They will prefer to sit in parks many of which have lakes or a lido and they will have family picnics in the shade of the trees or practise Tai-chi on the grass. All very peaceful. It's a great place.
30、Ann, Brisbane, Australia, 7/7/2012 15:19
Known for their clear waters? Have you seen the colour of the water in the second picture? If that's clear, I'd hate to see murky!
31、Daisy, Leicestershire, 7/7/2012 15:29
We may mock and snigger. Given the choice, I know I would prefer the mask. You can't take off a 'leather-hide' face, can you?