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Can I wear white in Beijing China?

Asked by Plone3000 (668points) April 16th, 2011

I am going to China tomorrow! I will be in Beijing. I heard that it is not a good idea to wear white clothing there because the smog can ruin the color. Is this true? I know the smog is bad in Beijing because the Chinese government digitally removed it for the Olympics on TV. Yet is it really so bad it can ruin my clothes, or are people just pulling my leg?

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KateTheGreat's avatar

Don’t wear white out into the city. The place IS pretty smoggy and I wouldn’t doubt that it would ruin your clothes. Try wearing a darker color or just wear a light jacket over your white clothing.

gondwanalon's avatar

If the air quality will damage you clothes, then think what it might do to your lungs. Don’t stay too long.

BarnacleBill's avatar

And you shouldn’t wear white until after Memorial Day…or is that just for shoes?

JLeslie's avatar

I’ve never been to Beijing, but generally white is not worn in big, densely populated, metropolitan cities. If it rains, even worse.

rebbel's avatar

Does wearing dark(er) clothes prevents from them getting dirty?
I would think that both white (light) and dark clothes got smelly/smudgy/dirty when in a smoggy place.
Wear whatever you feel like, i would say, and wash your clothes afterwards, be they white or dark.

KateTheGreat's avatar

Lighter colors tend to get dirtier looking. As for the smell and dirt, you can’t really stop it.

sinscriven's avatar

Also of note that wearing white clothing is a symbol of mourning in Chinese and other asian cultures.

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