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Facekini (Chinese: 脸基尼; pinyin: liǎnjīní) is a mask designed for swimmers and beachgoers which covers the head and reveals only the eyes, nose, and mouth.[1][2][3] This mask is popular in the Chinese city of Qingdao, where it is used by people for protecting themselves from tan inducing UV rays while in direct sunlight [4] and from jellyfish while at the beach.[1][5][6] The mask is made of a stretchy fabric that is commonly used in bathing suits,[7] and comes in different colours and patterns.[8] It is often worn with an accompanying body suit with long sleeves.[9][10] Facekinis are under mass production in China and are available in local swim stores near beaches.[11]

No reference to the term 'facekini' is used in Chinese newspapers, but in citation speaking about summer 2012 articles in European or American newspapers in their original languages for educational purposes.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b Tianzhou, Ye (21 August 2012). "Facekini craze hits China beach". NBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Farrier, John (22 August 2012). "Fashion trend: The face-kini". Neatorama. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "The facekini: China's new beach trend". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Facekini beach craze hits China". 9News. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Festa, Jessica (24 August 2012). "China's popular beach trend : The Facekini". Gadling. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Levin, Dan (3 August 2012). "Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Chittley, Jordan (21 August 2012). "Facekini: The newest beachgoing craze at Chinese beach". Yahoo news, Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Isabel (21 August 2012). "Here's the face-kini, summer's new trend". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Newcomb, Tim (21 August 2012). "The Face-Kini: The Bizarre Art of Covering Up". Time Newsfeed. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Face-kini, Face Mask Bathing Suit, Is Popular On Chinese Beach". Huffington Post US. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Watson, Leon (7 July 2012). "No, we're not going to rob a bank... we're just off to the beach! Chinese women wear nylon face masks to keep off blazing sun". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  12. ^ (English) 海滩上的一朵奇葩,戴尼龙面罩的中国妇女 on ltaaa.com
  13. ^ (English) 脸基尼:青岛海滩蒙面防晒造型成潮流 on edu.sina.com.cn

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