Cool Couples Coordinating Clothing!!!

On June 29, 2012, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Would you ever consider matching your significant other whenever you two are out and about together? I personally would say no, but that is not the case for most couples here in China. When you travel to Beijing, prepare to see couples wearing matching t-shirts as well as males carrying females’ purses. When I saw […]

Would you ever consider matching your significant other whenever you two are out and about together? I personally would say no, but that is not the case for most couples here in China. When you travel to Beijing, prepare to see couples wearing matching t-shirts as well as males carrying females’ purses. When I saw this phenomenon for the first time, I thought it was just a weird coincidence, but then as I began to participate in more touristy activities, I noticed everywhere there were couples that were purposefully matching each other. If you travel to Beijing with a significant other, be sure to bring plenty of coordinating outfits in order to fit in!

The very first time I came across this fashion statement, I was on my way home from work on the subway. I looked to my left and slightly chuckled to myself for the couple next to me was so perfectly coordinated. From their shoes to their shirts, the couple was almost identical. The man was wearing neon pink shoes. I do not know of any guy who would be willing to match his girlfriend to that extent. However, after seeing this for the first time, I merely passed it off as them just being a little odd, but little did I know that I would encounter this trend all over the streets of Beijing.

Apparently, this trend began somewhere in South Korea and has made its way over to China. Although I believe that it will be awhile before this trend reaches the United States, if it ever even does, I think it is very amusing. The men who are willing to match their girlfriends are very brave and have to be very comfortable with their sexuality, for the men I know would rather drop dead before wearing the same exact shirt as their girlfriends because then they would be seen as wearing a “girl’s shirt.” Not only do Beijing couples tend to match, they are also a lot more affectionate in public than couples are in America. If it is late at night and you find yourself walking the busy city streets of Beijing, it is not uncommon to see a couple kissing in the middle of the sidewalk. Not only are they very open about displaying affection for each other, but they are also very touchy with one another. If you are behind a Chinese couple in a line, it is not uncommon for the guy to somehow be touching the female or holding her closer to him. This is especially evident on the subways. Although I’m sure there are many other differences between western couples and Chinese couples, these are the main characteristics I have noticed.

When you travel to Beijing, prepare yourself for this site and make a mental note that the first couple you see doing this is not abnormal or just funny. I honestly wish I understood more about this trend, but for now it just remains to be one of those things that differentiate American and Chinese couples. The main thing holding my interest here is why? Why do they match and what does it symbolize other than the obvious fact that they are indeed a couple?

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Beijing Swag

On June 12, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Being from the central United States, my original perception of fashion of Beijing was nonexistent, but if you ever decide to travel to Beijing, some basic understanding of what people like to wear here might be helpful! After stepping off of my China flight in my yoga pants and oversized t-shirt, the difference between what […]

Being from the central United States, my original perception of fashion of Beijing was nonexistent, but if you ever decide to travel to Beijing, some basic understanding of what people like to wear here might be helpful! After stepping off of my China flight in my yoga pants and oversized t-shirt, the difference between what I was wearing and what local people were wearing was immediately evident. Not only did I feel as though I stuck out with my blonde hair and blue eyes, but I was immensely under-dressed. Beijing has made its way to being a fashion forward country with a lot of western influence.

Beijing fashion can easily be explored just by going out in the city. One thing I have really taken in when I am out and about is how pretty I find all of women’s dresses to be. I take the subway on a daily basis and every day the clothes I see women wearing never cease to amaze me. Every day I see a new dress that I just adore and wish I owned. I feel as though the women enjoy wearing longer dresses and skirts. I have also seen a plethora of women wearing skirts or dresses that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. Not only do these women dress to impress, but they accessorize beautifully as well with taller heels never amiss. Beijing fashion mirrors that of the United States, but almost in a more upscale manner.

Although westernized style clothing fit in more often than not, there are several differences I have picked up on since being in Beijing. If you’re ever in New York City or any other big city for that matter there is almost always one person who seems to dress rebelliously or who seems to stick out more so than most. Since being in China, I have not noticed anyone dressing in that nature. The only aspect of their clothing that seems to be different than me is how more than half of the women you see in the streets are wearing heels and not just little kitten heels, but very tall, swanky heels. I wish I had the stamina that these women possess to walk around such a vast city in such tall shoes! Not only do they almost always wear heels, but I rarely see someone dressed casually. Needless to say my Nike running shorts would not fit in very well.

If you ever find yourself on a China flight, there are several things you should definitely consider packing. Firstly, a good pair of comfortable heels is a must-have and secondly, dresses and skirts; especially those that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. Everyone dresses to impress here and as a visitor, I have found that I am more often underdressed than not. The fact that the women clearly put a lot of consideration into what they are wearing and how they are perceived further demonstrates how much wealth is present in the city of Beijing. Travel to Beijing and come see these fashion trends for yourself!

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Shopping Mall Heaven in Xidan!

On September 29, 2011, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Anyone with a love for shopping will love a China Travel adventure. Whether you travel to Beijing, Shanghai or elsewhere, you will find plenty of markets, malls and department stores to keep you busy, and help to part you with your money! This blog will discuss the area of Xidan, which is not commonly top […]

Anyone with a love for shopping will love a China Travel adventure. Whether you travel to Beijing, Shanghai or elsewhere, you will find plenty of markets, malls and department stores to keep you busy, and help to part you with your money! This blog will discuss the area of Xidan, which is not commonly top of the list for the average tourist to visit, but shopping central for students, expats and the general public in Beijing!

 

You can get to Xidan on subway line 1, the Xidan stop is just past Tiananmen and you will exit right into the heart of the shopping district. Line 4 also stops here aswell. When you leave the subway you will find yourself at the beginning of Xidan Commercial Street, which is a three and a half mile long commercial centre, with malls and department stores propped up side by side.

 

Opening times are generally 10am til 10pm, with some stores opening at 9 or 9.30am. Generally malls have a fast food style food court on the lower floor, and a more upmarket restaurant food court on the upper floor. However in the bigger malls restaurants are interspersed with shops, cafe’s and stalls.

 

The Top Malls to check out in Xidan:


Joy City

This is the mother of all malls in Xidan, with thirteen floors packed with fashion, cosmetics, home ware and everything else inbetween. Joy City features the largest cosmetic store in Beijing, the largest cinema in China and the largest escalator in the world. It has a huge variety of shops and restaurants with a mix of Chinese, international and high end stores.

 

Grand Pacific Mall

Grand Pacific is less flashy and a fair bit older than Joy City (it opened in 2003), however it is still a big mall with a large selection, particularly if you are looking for denim products. The mall hosts many big denim brands including Miss Sixty, Replay and Diesel.

 

Xidan Shopping Centre

Xidan mall is a large (and again fairly ageing) mall, with an interesting market on the ground floor selling Chinese food, snack and candy items. These would be ideal for gifts to take back home, as there is a huge variety and prices are very reasonable with no need to haggle! Stores here are arranged by category, so there is are floors for ladies fashion, another for accessories, one for electronics – and so on. The top floor features a food court with many cheap dining options.

The upper floors of the mall are filled with tiny stalls, similar to the markets, selling all sorts of items, mostly fashion and accessories. Come here prepared to haggle, as although prices won’t start as high as the Silk Market, being a westerner you may still be subject to price inflation.

 

If you manage to see all of these and are still not ready to head back to your Beijing Hotel with your bags, then there are still many more shopping options. There are plenty of high end shops and department stores including Xidan CVIK Store, Chung You Department Store, Xidan Department Store and The Parkson Building.

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