All women are welcome to China’s beaches with a face mask of any kind

The hot summer, after the Dragon Boat Festival on May 30, will ‘formally’ begin in China. One of the places for fun is the beach.

It has been increasingly popular in the beaches here since the early 2010s that women wear masks to protect themselves from UV so as to keep their face skin smooth and white.

In response to the huge demand, new designs are coming out everywhere to make the beach more colourful and amazing.

These face masks which are now generally known as ‘Face-kini’, show only the eyes, nostrils and lips. It means the face is unrecognizable.

The women here do not need to worry that some policemen may suddenly come to interfere and force them to remove the mask and even expel them from the beach. That was exactly what happened in France last summer.

The new rule started when ten women were forced off Cannes beach and fined for wearing the burkinis — a type of Islamic outfits covering the hair and neck but showing the whole face. Then, one after one, at least fifteen more French beaches join the rank to ban the buikinis.

In Nice, a French Muslim woman “was ordered to take off her inappropriate clothes by police enforcing the burkini ban … She was fined 11 euros and was left humiliated, with her children bursting into tears as the police demanded she strip off.” This 34 years old woman Siam said, “I was stunned. I heard things no one has ever called me to my face – like ‘Go home’, ‘Madam, the law is the law, we are tired of the stories’ and ‘Here we are Catholic’….Police asked Saim to leave the beach, infuriating her further.”

Some people might say that if terrorist attacks took place in China as many as in France, the Chinese government would have also banned the facekini, too; and they might quote Tibet as an example of religious interference.

If you do some research, you will find out that both the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama ruled over Tibet as some sort of theocracy and caste system in two regions respectively, though the boundary was a bit loose, during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).

The Dalai Lama became the dominant one gradually when the Qing influence faded out since the 1850s. When the Communist rule reached this area, the atheist CCP were determined to cancel the caste system which was deemed as unjust, and also keep a balance between the Dalia and the Panchen. The Dalia Lama disliked this arrangement and left for India with his noblemen……

The Chinese tradition always respects freedom of religions, but it is also a Chinese value that we prefer a ‘balance’ in the sense that it should not flood into governance, or tend to eliminate its peers or other religions. The ultimate goal is co-existence. This co-existence value brings us peace, not violence.

Therefore, come as a tourist and you are always welcome to come the beaches with facekini, burkini or any kind of mask, for either skin protection or religious or any other non-illegal purposes. Have fun here!

The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.

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