Summer is hot in Beijing, especially when the sun is out. There are times when you really would do anything to get cooler. Well in the last two weeks, some (I wouldn’t say a lot) of the locals here have given me at least one idea. I’m not sure if I’m ready to try it yet though. Read on and let me know what you think.
Basically, the idea is to cool off your tummy, regardless of its size and appearance, by airing it out. Take the bottom half of your shirt and fasten it above your gut in whatever way you can (e.g. rolling it, sticking it to your sweat, tying a knot). If you’re lazy just hold it. Don’t worry about your form; this technique is entirely about function.
Not surprisingly, this idea seems to have originated with men. Women don’t do it. One could conclude that perhaps women don’t get as hot. Or perhaps it’s not as practical for their attire/bodies. Most likely, they have just a little bit more sense of fashion.
At any rate, I’m glad this is a Chinese rather than American fashion technique (thinking about middle-aged American men doing this at the state fair isn’t pretty).
After thinking it over, I’m just not compelled to try yet. Good thing fall is just around the corner.