Editor’s Note: This incredibly thorough article, posted online by a Chinese man living in Yunnan, China, describes many stereotypes about women in different parts of China, putting special emphasis on their physical appearances and where to find “beautiful girls.” Here, we bring you part 1 of a 2 part series.
1) Beijing 北京
The Beijing girls, living in this capital city and having witnessed the spectacles of many things in their life, appear extremely photogenic in national fashion magazines, but most of these Beijing beauties are actually either from nearby provinces or Southern girls who’ve drifted up north. Maybe there’s something in the water or there’s something going on with the climate here, but Beijing just isn’t fertile ground for beautiful women. Local Beijing girls are a little too big-boned, and are way too stuffy and serious. There’s an over-abundance of “single-fold” eyelids around and their skin is average at best.
2) Tianjin 天津
Perhaps the rather fertile earth of Tianjin’s fields along with the many streams running throughout the city, are what’s helped it surpass Beijing in beautiful women production. Nicknamed “Wei Mouths” for being eloquent, equipped with a menagerie of endearing facial expressions and just a tad bit sneaky, Tianjin girls are markedly different from their severely-countenanced Beijing neighbours. Still, anyone who’s taken a look at fashions in Tianjin will tell you, someone needs to tell these girls to update their wardrobes.
3) Hebei 河北
Hebei girls are all rather tall, slender and refined, but can be a little too shy and stiff.
The classic image of ladies hailing from the former Kingdom of Qi, an area accounting for the majority of Shandong’s population and area, is a big, tall girl with a striking figure and exquisite skin. Former Kingdom of Lu girls are comparatively short and bony. Shandong girls generally prefer nice but simple styles and colours for clothes and make-up. Generally, Shandong people leave the impression of being rather hickish, clumsy, surly, and strong. This is apparently because of the many hardships experienced by their ancestors, especially the Japanese invasion, which the area has never really recovered from.
5) Shanxi 山西
Some people think a coal-producing province wouldn’t have anything to do with beautiful ladies, but vinegar has a mysterious effect on women. Nearly all Shanxi girls are tall and slender, glowing with health and blessed with tender rosy cheeks. Their accents aren’t as sharp and staccato as other Northerners’, and their dialects aren’t hard for outsiders to get used to like Southern dialects. Modern Shanxi girls don’t usually venture too far away from home, choosing instead to stay in their hometowns. Perhaps it’s because this way they can avoid the filth of the outside world and maintain a little naïveté.
Since the province industrialised fairly early on, Liaoning girls are far from traditional, and tend to be straightforward and romantic. Plump and pale, the ladies of Liaoning have curvy figures and are very trendy. They hate being locked up at home or in the office, and love going out to cultural and athletic events or drinking with friends. Liaoning girls are big supporters of women in the workplace. Their crime rate is quite high.
People often tend to throw the three Northeastern provinces together into one big group, but there are definitely differences. Jilin girls and Liaoning girls are obviously not the same. Though they’re all are pretty, pale and plump on the outside, the Japanese and Korean influence on Jilin have made girls here more traditional, giving them a deep respect for family values and the rules of etiquette. Jilin girls can get rather paranoid, though, so remember that there’s a heart of steel behind each of their sweet faces.
Heilongjiang girls are exotic, not unlike girls from Russia or Scandinavia. Most Heilongjiang girls are tall and slim with excellent posture and donned in fashionable clothes and accessories. People say Heilongjiang girls are wild, and that wildness gives them a kind of grace. Heilongjiang ladies value friendship, think about things in the long-term, and usually focus on the big picture. They are quite perfectly capable of abandoning their own emotional sentiments, and are cunning and careful when it comes to life outside the home. Heilongjiang girls love to venture into the world, leaving the Northeast for Central China, and especially southern areas. Maybe they’re not used to the water away from home, but the Heilongjiang girls I’ve met outside of Heilongjiang are quite haggard indeed.
9) Inner Mongolia 内蒙古
Girls from dry and windy Inner Mongolia have rough skin, almost all have single layer eyelids, and most seem old and feeble, especially those from the more desolate regions. In the Hetao region, where you’ll find most of the population and major cities, climactic conditions are better, the soil is fertile, and different ethnic groups all blend together making it a genetic goldmine. Inner Mongolian girls are pretty plump as a general rule, and since fitness and entertainment aren’t as well-developed as in the Northeast, girls here easily get fat.
10) Shanghai 上海
The Shanghai girls in old legends have an old-Shanghai vibe of decadence and lethargy, but you won’t find many like that in the ranks of modern Shanghai girls as many from rich families have migrated overseas. Because of high standards of education here, modern Shanghai girls tend to have cocky attitudes, work hard, and have good social skills. They are practical, and even the old stereotype that “Shanghai women worship foreign goods and ideas” is nothing but an expression of their pragmatism and pursuit of practical benefit. Due to good levels of nutrition and frequent exercise, Shanghai girls are tall and thin with well-proportioned figures and supple waists. Possibly because of the crazily fast-paced lifestyle and enormous stress at work, their skin is always a little off colour, either on the light grey or dark yellow side. They also tend to choose tasteful clothes and makeup, staying away from overly bright or trendy clothing.
11) Jiangsu 江苏
Females from southern Jiangsu Province are similar to those in Shanghai, but there are slight differences. Southern Jiangsu girls are more delicate, are faithful to their boyfriends and care their families a bit more. They lack the confidence of girls from Shanghai. Northern Jiangsu girls are a completely different make from their southern counterparts, with a historical tradition for honoring education, and a natural artistic talent. On the flip side, the tragic historic past they carry in their genes, the region’s relatively poor economy, and their conservative ideas make northern Jiangsu-ettes horribly bony and stiff-waisted, nothing like their gentle and tender lady neighbours to the south.
12) Zhejiang 浙江
You won’t run into many dazzling plump beauties in Zhejiang, but you will find that girls here have a certain southern charm and a northern forcefulness. Even though most are pale and refined near-sighted girls, “vivacious,” “lively“ and “robust” seem to be universal characteristics here. The people of Zhejiang have always enjoyed moving away to all corners of the world. Most Zhejiang girls come from decent families and have received a good education. They give off an air of confidence and work modestly. Since they are never satisfied with what they have at the moment, they’re constantly changing lifestyles, meeting new people, and challenging themselves.
13) Anhui 安徽
In Southern Anhui where the Yangtze River flows, there are many pretty girls. The famous actress, Zhao Wei is a great example. Northern Anhui girls are harder to come by. Anhui girls are similar to those from Zhejiang. They like to venture to new places, and are a bit narcissistic and sneaky. They may also have a few too many traditional notions.
14) Jiangxi 江西
Jiangxi girls are really quite cute with their delicate figures, tender, pasty-white complexions and sugary voices. Most Jiangxi women are good girls who are loyal to marriage. All Jiangxi girls like tough guys and soldiers. Many men will be after this kind of “high quality” girl. Conversely, girls from the city of Jiujiang in Jiangxi are relatively modern.
15) Fujian 福建
Fujian females are more traditional than girls in Zhejiang. They are super friendly, have strong ties to their families, and love children. Girls there all have amazing skin, and though some of them are a little dark, they all have radiant, bronze skin. They’re very trendy, and are usually sweet and hard-working. You don’t want to mess around with a Fujian girl though. Historically, Fujian women have a high crime rate, and most of their crimes are premeditated and brutal.
To be continued…
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