Men, particularly those who live in Jinan, Shandong province, China may want to reconsider rolling up their shirts to expose their bellies in public as city officials are now banning this habit, which is known to many as the “Beijing bikini.”
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This is a common site across China during the summer months; rather than going shirtless Chinese men often make this stylish compromise to keep cool. I was told the ‘Beijing bikini’ or ‘bang ye’ works particularly well after a meal as blood rushes to the stomach whilst digesting, it’s also believed that the belly is an important centre of ‘qi’ energy and exposing it can help release excess amounts🤷🏻♂️. In the run up to the 2008 Olympics the government attempted and failed to clamp down on the practice, 10 years later it’s still going strong. personally i’m a fan. #freethebelly #china #beijingbikini #fashion #bellysgonnagetya #bangye #膀爷
As said in the guideline, those who are caught exhibiting in this behavior in densely populated areas such as parks, public squares, buses, scenic spots, and business roads will face punishment. It’s not exactly clear what type of punishments these individuals can expect when they are caught with their shirt rolled up.
Additionally, other behaviors such as taking off shoes in public, spitting, littering, and queue-jumping have also been banned in Jinan.
While some suggest that this law should be implemented all over China, others were not exactly impressed with this restriction. One Weibo comment reads via Radii China, “The things they need to control they don’t bother with; the things that shouldn’t be bothered with they have to completely f***ing control.”
“If their bodies are good then fine; if they’re not in shape then no way,” another user, who attracted hundreds of likes, wrote.