Editor’s Note: This incredibly thorough (albeit stereotypical and objectifying) article, posted online by a Chinese man living in Yunnan, describes many stereotypes about women in different parts of China, placing special emphasis on their physical appearances and where to find “beautiful girls.” Here, we bring you part 2 of the 2 part series. Be warned however, the contents of this article are based on the stereotypical (and shallow) opinions of the original author, and do not reflect the opinion of eChinacities.
Read part one of the article here.
16) Henan 河南
There are already too many reproaches against Henan-ers for me to mention here. Henan girls are actually simple, hard-working, friendly, and good conversationalists. It’s true, Henan girls aren’t as tall or straight-forward as girls further north. They’re also not tender and attractive like girls further south. But the way I see it, Henan women have some considerable talents of their own, including a poetic way of thinking seldom seen in other parts of the country.
17) Hubei 湖北
Compared to the province’s crafty men, Hubei women are traditional and honest. Most are the elegant and cutesy type, generally with very nice skin (especially girls in cities along the Yangtze River). Hubei girls are well-proportioned and have pale white, slightly rosy skin. However, typical of Central Plains folk, they are extremely “straight and narrow.” They lack the seductive and wild beauty of Sichuan and Hunan girls. They’re also rather cynical.
18) Hunan 湖南
Hunan girls are famous across the country. Many have “cherry blossom faces,” skin like white-jade, as tender as rose, and delicate, curvy figures. If the girl is from Hunan’s countryside, she won’t just have a tall, voluptuous body, but will also have tiny pale feet. Many modern Hunan girls are busily moving to other cities. Hunan chicks make themselves beautiful to obtain the love of their suitors but once they lose interest, they instantly turn into hags.
19) Guangdong 广东
Despite the fact that this is one of the more developed provinces, women’s status is still relatively low in Guangdong. Girls here are thin and short, especially in western Guangdong. In the province’s northern mountainous regions where traditional ideas are deeply rooted, girls seem frail, have dull complexions, and are tacky when it comes to clothes and make-up.
On the other hand, if you look at the coastal Chazhou region to the east, you’ll find a plentiful supply of pretty girls, surprising considering the region’s infamous reputation for sexism. They have glowing complexions with tender skin, and most are just as tall as girls from the Northeast of the country. With good taste in clothes and makeup, all of these girls are sweet and innocent.
20) Hong Kong and Macao香港、澳门
Most Hong Kong and Macao women are originally from the Pearl River Delta. They generally have dull, dark, yellow skin. Worldly Hong Kong girls have an air of confidence, are realistic and know how to get along with people, but they often have a certain disdain for academic theories and the high arts. They’re also great at sniffing out “high technology” products and plebian culture. In Macao, there are a few very charming mixed girls with Portuguese or Brazilian blood running through their beautiful veins.
Taiwan is famous for having a multitude of cultural diversions, but female performers of Taiwan have been hailed as its most dazzling attraction. Reality is quite different from the “prison of beautiful women” many imagine the island to be. Taiwanese women live in a fast-paced world where women’s status is still relatively low and many rarely exercise. Most are all skin and bones with dark yellow skin, but a few of these island women have managed to preserve the tall, full-figured genes their ancestors brought over from the mainland. Since Taiwanese girls try to fit morbid, tender, and weak Japanese standards of beauty, beautiful and healthy girls are getting harder and harder to find here.
22) Guangxi 广西
Northern Guangxi girls have slightly whiter, tenderer complexions, and carry themselves like Hunan girls, but most are tiny. As for girls in the province’s poor southwest region… well, there’s really nothing good to say about their looks. Their skin is dark and oily, their noses are flat, and they’re short and bony. Guangxi girls burn incense for Buddha and are chaste and sweet. Wuzhou, a city nicknamed “Little Hong Kong,” is teeming with pretty girls. Unfortunately, the majority are vulgar snobs.
23) Hainan 海南
Hainan girls look even more like southern Vietnamese than Guangdong ones. With rough, dark skin, flat noses, and statures usually on the short and small side, women’s status is even lower in Hainan, and these girls are even more traditional.
24) Shaanxi 陕西
A place deeply engrained in traditional Chinese culture, it’s not surprising that Shaanxi’s girls are usually on the traditional side. Sweet and considerate, well-read and polite, these girls have a strong sense of loyalty. Northern Shaanxi is known for its plethora of old customs. The classic image is: men singing folk songs in loud, high-pitched voices while women quietly sit on the sidelines, snipping away at paper cut designs. Most Shaanxi girls are short with ruddy apple faces and full figures. Their legs aren’t very long, and their spines are less flexible than their “water snake” neighbours further south in Sichuan.
25) Gansu 甘肃
Due to the high altitude and the large quantities of sand particles that blow around in the wind here, Gansu girls usually have bad skin. They have flat, boyish figures, and their movements can be rigid. Just like their Shaanxi counterparts, Gansu girls are sweet and considerate, and despite the arid region’s lack of water, Gansu women always keep immaculate homes.
26) Ningxia 宁夏
Also part of the Hetao region, Ningxia girls are slimmer and have sweeter personalities than girls in Inner Mongolia.
27) Xinjiang 新疆
Girls in the south of Xinjiang are slim and short with astonishingly beautiful eyes. Sweet, but a little sneaky and sometimes petty, these girls can be hard to figure out. Northern Xinjiang girls are tall and sturdy, and most have single layer eyelids and friendly, cheerful personalities. In the Tianshan region, girls are shapely and slim with dazzling and supple bodies. They’re trendy, can dance and sing, and are especially talented in stealing hearts. Xinjiang women are extremely faithful to their husbands.
28) Qinghai/Tibet 青海/西藏
Due to the harsh climate and the lack of oxygen in these high altitudes, skin ages quickly. Take care of yourselves, girls.
29) Yunnan 云 南
Yunnan is a region where China’s ethnic minorities abound, and most Yunnan girls can sing and dance, making these girls famous for their flexibility and acrobatic dance moves. Because of the high elevation, most Yunnan women are dark and thin, and their figures are rather cuddly. Yunnan women love having fun, but put a lot of importance on their relationships. They’re romantics, and from ancient times have performed deeply moving love stories. Always striving to improve themselves, their lives somehow remain constant and unchanging.
30) Guizhou 贵州
Guizhou girls are usually on the delicate and plump side, with supple waists and pale, rosy complexions. They’re energetic and charming and dress fashionably. Untamed vixens by nature, but easily satisfied, they love playing mahjong and munching on snacks. They often enjoy themselves too much that they lose themselves, becoming worn out and haggard.
31) Sichuan 四川
Since ancient times, the women of Sichuan have adored beauty and loved having a good time. Though short, they’re well-proportioned, and their legs are long considering their height. Usually more filled out and sturdier than girls up north, these beauties have tiny and supple waists. Sichuan girls are just as spicy as the local food, and they will not hesitate to make a scene at home, on the street, or at the bus stop, bringing a huge loss of face for the men they’re yelling at. They have the uncanny ability to curse someone out with a cigarette dangling from their mouths while eating an apple and crossing their legs at the same time. Still, they’re perfectly capable of supporting the household and letting their men stay at home. These are the women of Sichuan. Their spicy flavour just makes them get better with age.
32) Chongqing 重庆
The three treasures of Chongqing: “hotpot, nightlife, and beautiful women.” There’s a crazy night scene in Chongqing, and Chongqing girls are just as hot as the city’s famous hotpot. The region’s nutritious cuisine and humid climate keeps their skin wonderfully moist and clear. A constant need to climb stairs keeps their legs shapely and strong. A love of cat fighting keeps them in good shape, and gives them wonderfully full breasts. The spicy food keeps their blood boiling. Just like the region’s famous food, these girls are “hot enough to get a reputation, hot enough to make you happy, hot enough that you won’t be able to get the taste out of your mind!” They’re really the cream of the crop of hot, making Chongqing’s arrogant beauties the more intense version of their spicy Sichuan sisters.
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Sorry to all those ladies who think that such a man does not exist. In fact I think that, that's all most women do is dream, I have been in China 5 years work hard had one relationship, who! unfortunately turned out to be a lier and cheat. And I still haven't found a sincere honest mature thinking woman to love share happiness and marry. I love life and respect the meaning of love marriage and family life, I don't believe in one night or one month relationships, one heart one woman, Believe me it's not so easy to find true honest love in China. love is not about the size of your bank account you house your car. This is false love. 2 people should love each other for who they are not what have, true love is deep in the heart. True love lasts much longer than material items.
May 14, 2011 22:20 Report Abuse
I think this man should be put to the test. Line up a string of girls from all over China and see if he can pick their provincial origins correctly. Now that would be a skill worth having...I think maybe the author has not heard of immigration and is basing his theories on the ancient texts of old. Still I suppose kind of entertaining...
May 16, 2011 12:27 Report Abuse