"You’re telling me to wear what? Chinese are ordered to smarten up for Olympics" from Times of London reports that the Chinese have been given strict orders as to how to dress, smell, and generally comport themselves for the Beijing Olympics with booklets being distributed to four million households with 36 different areas being discussed as far as behavior guidelines - straight from the Capital Spiritual Civilisation Construction Commission.
There is advice on shaking hands, how to use chopsticks at a banquet and personal grooming. “Men’s hair should not cover their eyebrows, ears or touch their collar,” the guide says. “Women should comb their hair appropriately for age, occupation and situation.” Men should shave daily, women should wear light make-up and both sexes should keep their mouths clean.
Rules are already in place ordering taxi drivers to go easy on their garlic consumption so that visitors will not be assailed by the bad breath of a cabbie who had pork and chive dumplings – a cheap favourite – for lunch, and even breakfast.
There should be no public displays of affection, feet should be kept slightly apart or in the shape of a V when standing and a handshake should not last more than three seconds. The first should not be much of a problem in a society that is traditionally conservative – although young couples can be spotted at dusk cuddling on park benches.