It's the end of July in Shanghai. The plum rains have ended (thank god), and the temperature has climbed higher-and-higher-and-higher.
As always, two things happen at this time of year:
- 90% of women don sun-sleeves, sun-capes, sunhats, sunbrellas, and sun-masks. (Of course, if you don't have a sunhat handy, anything with which you can cover your head will do...see below.) It's hot here. H-O-T hot. Super hot. Scorching hot. And unlike we Westerners who are always trying to get a little color, cop a tan, etc., women in Shanghai do anything and everything to avoid the sun's rays.
- 90% of men on the streets roll up their shirts, and 75% of those, rub their bellies while repeating "Oh, good gracious, it's hot" (in Chinese, of course). Thus, my nickname for them: "belly rubbers."
Check it out: