China’s insanely crowded beaches

When I look at this beach madness, I have to ask, is it worth it?


A crowded beach in Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Air conditioning is a luxury in China. That’s why many find their way to Ikea for an air conditioned nap.

And when that fails, there’s always beaches! But in a country of 1.4 billion people, you can bet there’s a million others others who have the same idea.

Is that boy…nakers?

Beaches are crowded with people trying to beat the summer heat. And they won’t let the occasional algae bloom stop them from having a blast.

A large quantity of non-poisonous green seaweed, enteromorpha prolifera, hit the Qingdao coast. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

But while you might not be able to see the water, one thing you’re guaranteed to see is…


The terrifying face-kini!

And don’t even think of trying the pools.

Cooling off in a waterpark in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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  1. actually air conditioning is not a rare thing in China, Heaters are almost non existant, like clothes dryers. For every 1000 washing machines, and they are fairly rare there, you get 1 dryer. Ive been all over China and air conditioning is everywhere, but not heat, just the opposite of us, we all get heat but A/C is the rarity. So I think, and been to their beaches, and talked to the people there, the reason is the novelty ot going, to play in the water, to go there the same reason we do here, they just got way more people there is all, and about the same amount of coastline as we do, so on a hot day, when we want to hit the beaches, so do they.

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