The sight of men with their shirts pulled up, their bellies out on full display, is a common sight across China in the summer.
Each summer, as Chinese cities swelter under the baking heat, middle-aged men across the country roll their T-shirts up above their bellies to cool down. It's a style so ubiquitous that it's even earned a fond nickname: the "Beijing bikini."
Authorities said they planned to crack down on "improper dressing in public places," which included "shirtlessness" and "wanton exposure of body parts." Public bickering, jumping queues, littering, and "uncivilized dog walking" are also being targeted under the notice, which is aimed at enhancing the image of the city.
The authorities there have released a notice banning the “uncivilised behaviour”, saying it was “seriously affecting the image of the city”.
Violators of the new guidelines could face punishment, especially in densely populated areas such as parks, public squares, buses, scenic spots and business areas.
In a recent interview with Beijing Youth Daily, a spokesperson for the city's civility department told the paper that the Beijing bikini affected "the image of the city and the perception and feeling of the public".