On the shores of this resort destination on China’s Hainan Island, where daytime temperatures at this time of year range from 75 to 85 degrees, many beachgoers traditionally sit on the sand under umbrellas — and fully clothed — to avoid the sun.
But increasingly found among Sanya’s umbrellas these days is another kind of tourist: young urban Chinese who are out to get a tan.
In China, the tanning trend is just getting going. Jacqueline Jin, a 27-year-old human-resources assistant from Shanghai, sunbathing with some friends on Dadonghai beach in Sanya, says she doesn’t care about comments she will get about her dark skin when she returns. [Full Text, subscribers only]